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No. 741,012. PATENTBD OUT. 13, 1903.
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UNITED STATES Patented October 13, 1903.
DANIEL W. COREY, OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.
B'OOT OR SHOE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 741,012, dated October 13, 1.903.
hpplication filed March 24, 1903.
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, DANIEL W.CoREY,a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of St. Louis, State of Missouri, have invented certain new and usefullmprovements inBoots or Shoes, of which the following is a specification.
This invention appertains to improvements in boots and shoes, and relates more particu larly to internal cushions therefor, the cushions being of such construction as to provide,
first, an internal heel-cushion; second, a
and heel being removed. Fig. 3 is a per-v spective View of a preferred form of spring, and Fig. 4: is a detail perspective view of an elastic block or heel-cushion.
In the make-up of a boot or shoe in accordance with my invention the inner sole A is attached to the upper in the usual manner, and such so1e,immediately above the heel portion of the shoe is cut through to provide a flap a, the line of severance through the inner sole, which provides the flap, diverging from a point about on a line with the front portion of the heel rearward to where the side outs join a rounded. out at the rear, as will appear more fully by reference to Fig. 2. To the inner sole there is attached an inner lining a.
To the outer side of the inner sole A there is attached a spring-bar, made up ofa fiat strip of steel or other suitable material, having near one end a perforation b and perforations Z) 5, positioned to be above the shank The end B of the spring is attached to the flap, said end being bent at an upward inclination and forward. Beyond this upward-inclined end there is an arch 13 which overlies the shank of the shoe. Be-
yond such arch there is a part B which extends forward and terminates near the toe of the shoe, such part B having an upward curve, the end being free to move forward Serial No. 149,323. (No model.)
toward the toe, and the tendency of this arched part is to raise the insole under the ball of the foot to provide a cushion at that part'of the shoe. v The spring B is made fast by tacks or other securing means to the rear end of the flap and to the portion of the insole above the shank.
The outer sole 0 at a point beneath the flap a is out through or recessed to provide a cavity with beveled side walls for the reception of a rubber or elastic pad D, against which the spring-lifted flap will hear when depressed.
The construction shown provides ayielding support for the heel and ball of the foot. It reinforces and keeps in shape the shank of the shoe, andwhen the improvement is applied to shoes the user is enabled to walk with greater ease and there'is less jar than when shoes of ordinary construction are worn.
Having thus described my improvement, whatl claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. A boot or shoe having an inner solo, a longitudinal spring attached to said sole, the spring conforming to the shank and shaped 'to arch upward forward of the shank, the
portion of the spring above the heel being inclined upward, to provide spring portions to the front and in rear of the shank.
2. In a boot or shoe, an insole out out to provide at the heel portion a flap, a spring attached to the flap to maintain the same inclined upward and rearward, and a cushion with which the flap and spring engages when depressed, for the purpose set forth.
3. In aboot or shoe, an outer sole or shank having above the heel a recess the side walls thereof being beveled, an elastic pad maintained in the recess, an inner sole cut away above the pad to provide a flap and a spring with a rearward and upward projecting end attached to the flap and to the shank of the shoe.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
DANIEL W. COREY.
HENRY F. SoHoLLMnYER, DAVID R. FLEMING.