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Publication numberUS545006 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 20, 1895
Publication numberUS 545006 A, US 545006A, US-A-545006, US545006 A, US545006A
InventorsWilliam F. Baird
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Insole for shoes
US 545006 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 545,006, dated August 20, 1895.

Application filed February 7, 1894. Serial No. 49 9,333- (No model.)

vention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this Specification.

The object of the invention is to provide a padded insole for boots and shoes consisting of a double-walled sole having one or more filling-adjusting openings therein, and a padded extension on one side detachably connected to the insole and adapted to cover certain portions of the foot, as will be hereinafter more fully described, and pointed out in the claim.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective viewof the device. Fig. 2 is a detached view of the instep-pad. Fig. 3 illustrates the application of the device to a foot. Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the device with a padded insole, and Fig. 5 is an under view of a padded insole.

A is an insole having on the outer side of the foot an upward extension at beneath the instep, the same preferably tapering off toward the ball in front and toward the heel behind, so as to afford support to and to fill in beneath the instep on the outer sideof the foot. On the inner side of the heel theinsole is made with an upwardly-projecting anklesupporter B, adapted to partially pad the shoe at this point and to stiffen and support the heel. On the inner side of the instep the insole has a padded extension 0, which curves upward and extends well up onto the instep, and is removably or adjustably attached to the insole. In cases where the wearer is troubled with bunions or an enlargement of the large joint, the insole may have an upwardlyturned toe-flange D, which, in conjunction with the instep-pad C, will remove all pressure from the bunion. The insole with the heelsupporter and toe-flange heretofore described may all be integral and stamped or fashioned from a single piece of leather or other suitable material. It possesses considerable stiffness, and padding may be affixed to either the heel or toe flanges, or both,'as any particular case requires, and it can be trimmed down to fit.

The instep-pad O has a flap O, which extends down beneath the insole and serves as a means to adjustably attach the pad to the insole, by cement or stitching, sothat it can be raised or lowered to fit, and be attached to the insole. The pad-case, made of soft leather or textile fabric, is preferably made with an opening 0 at the bottom, so that the padding can be adjusted as required.

In the case of the insole, as illustrated by Figs. 4: and 5, the insole proper A is made of two thicknesses of soft material with padding therebetween, and wherever there is a tender place on the bottom of the foot the portion of the insole that comes beneath the tender spot is encircled by a line of stitching, as'indicated at as 'y z, the stitching passing entirely through the insole: This compacts the padding within and about the circle of stitching and thins the insole at that point, and by cntting through the bottom covering of the insole, as at as or y, the filling within the circle of stitching can be entirely removed, and all pressure on the bottom of the foot at that point taken off. For convenience in adjusting the filling of the padded insole, openings or slits a a in the bottom covering are provided.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-- As a new article of manufacture, a padded insole for a boot or shoe consisting of a double walled sole having one or more filling-adj usting openings therein, and a padded extension on one side adapted to extend up above the foot, over the instep, and also underneath, and detachably connected to the insole substantially as set forth.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two Witnesses.

WILLIAM F. BAIRD. Witnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationA43B7/142