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(Application filed Feb. 4, 1899.)
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HENRY E. TAYLOR, OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 671,358, dated April 2, 1901.
Application filed February 4, 1899. Serial No. 704,515. (No model.)
To all whom, it may concern:
Be it known that I, HENRY E. TAYLOR, a citizen of the United States, residing at Provideuce, in the county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Childrens Shoes, of which the following is a specification.
It is the object of my invention to so construct shoes of a size adapted for small children or infants that the child or infant may be enabled in its initial efforts to use its feet and legs for propulsion to obtain a purchase with its feet upon the floor or other surface upon which it is placed. I accomplish this result by providing the shoe with a thin narrow strip of rubber or other friction-producing material fastened along that portion of the edge of the sole that is forward of the instep, and in order that the strip may come into contact with the floor in whatever position the child may place its foot in the act of creeping I extend the strip so that its edge projects slightly beyond the edge of the sole.
In the drawings accompanying this specification, Figure 1 represents the bottom of a childs shoe constructed in accordance with my invention. Fig. 2 is a cross-section along line 2 2 of Fig. 1. Figs. 3 to 5, inclusive, are cross-sections representing modified constructions.
Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, E represents a shoe of a size adapted for small children. P is the upper of the shoe, S is the sole, and m is a body of friction-producing material, such as rubber, securely fastened to the bottom of the sole along its edge forward of the instep and having a portion 19, extending beyond the general outline of the edge of the sole to In Figs. 4 and 5 the friction-producing material is arranged, as before, to conform to the general outline of the sole of the shoe; but'in this case it comprises a thin portion for attaching it to the sole of the shoe, while the portion which projects beyond and protects the side of the sole from contact with the flooris thickened orbeaded,as shown atp.
The constructions shown in Figs. 3 and 5 are evidently more readily carried out when the shoe is in the process of manufacture; but the friction-producing material may be readily applied in the manner shown in Figs. 2 and at, either before or after the shoe has been completed.
As a means for fastening the friction-producing material to the sole I may and preferably do use cement, although any suitable fastening means may be employed; also, any suitable friction-producing material may be employed; but I prefer to use elastic or yielding rubber.
From the above it will be apparent that my invention comprises a childs shoe having a thin narrow strip of friction-producing material extending along-the edge of the sole forward of the instep and so arranged that a friction-producing surface will be interposed whenever it is attempted to bring either the bottom or the side of the sole into contact with the floor. It also includes as an article of manufacture a thin narrow friction-producing strip adapted to be affixed to the sole of a childs shoe so as to project beyond the edge of the same for the purpose specified, all of these matters being clearly pointed out in the claims annexed to this specification.
I do not claim, broadly, a shoe having its sole provided with a friction-producing material, nor do I claim, broadly, a shoe having a strip of friction producing material arranged along the edge of the sole, since such a construction is not in its broadest aspect novel.
What I do claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is
1. A childs shoe having a thin, narrow strip of friction-producing material, shaped to conform to a portion of the outline of the sole and secured to the said sole along its edge forward of the instep and extending laterally slightly beyond the edge of the sole so as to present a flexible gripping-surface for engagement with the floor in any angular position of the sole with respect to the floor, for the purpose of aiding the childin creeping.
' beyond the edge of the sole to engage with the floor and serve as a flexible gripping-s11 r- 10 face in any angular position'of the sole with respect to the floor, for the purpose of aiding the child in creeping.
HENRY E. TAYLOR.
HENRY BROWN, RICHARD E. LYMAN.