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Publication numberUS840170 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 1, 1907
Filing dateMay 7, 1906
Priority dateMay 7, 1906
Publication numberUS 840170 A, US 840170A, US-A-840170, US840170 A, US840170A
InventorsJohn Thomas Story
Original AssigneeJohn Thomas Story
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 840170 A
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No. 840,170. PATENTED JAN. 41, 1907.





. Specification of Letters Patent. s

Application led May 7, 1906.A Serial No. 315,639.

Patented Jan. 1, 1907..

T aZZ whom it mayA concern/:

, Be it known that I, J OHN THOMAS STORY, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York,'in the county of New York and State of New Yorkhave invented a new and useful Heel-Cushion, of which the following is a specification.

i My invention relates to cushions for footwear, and has for its object to improve the construction of heel-cushions of that character intended to be used inside a bootor shoe for cushioning the shocks incident to 'Walking and to ease the feet Awhen standing for any considerable .length of time.

' The invention consists in the various details of construCifOn and arrangements of parts,A as will be more fully described hereinafter and linally pointed outv in the claims appended hereto.

In the accompanying drawings, whichillus trate an embodiment of the invention, Figure l is a longitudinal section through a shoe with my limproved heel-cushion applied thereto. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the heelrcushion. Fig. 3 is a vertical longitudinal section showing a iiller-piece applied tA v"the cushion, and Fig. 4 is a perspective viewzof the-fillerpiece.

Referring to the drawings, 1`-represents a shoe of ordinary construetion having ,the heel-cushion 2 fitted therein. The cushion com rises an innersole made of a suitable flexible material-as, forinstance, a web of hair, felt, or a piece of cork composition-as shown, having a backing of cloth 2 and provided at its heel portion with a member 3,

referably of the same material. This membe 3 underlies the heel portion 4, which const tutes the other member of the heel-cushio and is sha ed to correspond thereto.

"If desired, t e'sole" portion of the Acushion can be dispensed with,'s othat the` cushion devicef'is composed simplyoftwo members of suitable shape toiconform to the heel of the shoe.

Furt ermore, if it should Vbe desired the lower member 3 may be provided with a sole portion and be usedin conjunction with the sole portion of the inner sole or exclusive of the same. In this instance the member 3 is secured at its front end to the innersole 2 .by one or more rows of transverse threads 5 `or in any other suitable manner. and rear edges of the lower member are free, so esto permit of the two members spreading The side apart during the act of walking, and thus p produce Ventilating-currents of air.

' from sheets of hair which compris On each of the .opposed surfaces oii the.

rows of stitches. vAs shown in Fig. 2, 7 represents the hair, 8 the cloth, and 9 the rows of stitches that comprise the cushions or pads. These ads are .attached to the lilexible mem? bers o the heel-cushion-in any desired manner. By preference, however, the cloth sides of the pads are presented to the members, and the pads 'are attached by means of one or more rows of stitches l0, that pass through the'cork composition, the cloth glued thereto, and the cloth backing land hair of the cushions or pads.

As will be seen in Fig. 2, the securingstitches l0 pass over the ends of the stitches 9, so as to retain the hair intact on its backing-cloth. It will thus be seen that by facing both o f the members 3 and 4 the cushion effeet is increased and a considerable degree of resiliency between the members is `produced, in virtue of which when the two members are compressed by the heel they. immediately spread apart when the weight is relieved, so that currents of air are produced which ventilate the cushion and shoe.

In connection with the heel-cushion I may employ iillerpieces, at least one or more, as may be desired. The purpose of these llerpieces is to increase the total thickness of the cushion according to the requirement for producing a betterfit, it being understood; of course, that with ready-madeshoes the fit may be more or less perfect with different plersons, and`,by means of the filler-pieces the t of theshoe can be improved. As shown in Figs. 3 and 4, the filler-piece 12 comprises a piece of iie;;ible material shaped to correspond to the contour of the members 3 and 4 and is adapted to be loosely held between the said members. These parts of the heel-cush ion may alsobe faced with a padding of hair, if desired.

The innersole has been illustrated without a cushion at the ball and instep portions thereof, but I desire to have it understood that the whole under side of the innersole may be provided with a cushion, if desired. This may be separate from the cushion 7 at the heel portion, or it may form a art' thereof and attached to the insole Z by t e seme row of stitching that secures the heel-cushion 7 to the insole, as Will be readily understood.

What I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

1. A heelfcushion, comprising tvifo connected exible members, pads on the adjacent lsurfaces of the members, and a row of stitches around the edge of each member for securing the pad thereto, each pad com ris stitches holding the twotogether andl the,

. ends of which are secured by the-peripheral row of stitches.

3. A heel-cushion, comprisin two iexible members, stitches for uniting t em, pads on the adjacent surfaces of the members, and a` row of peripherals'titches oneach member for securing 4the pad thereto, each pad comprising a web of curled heir, a cloth backing therefor, and rows of stitches holding the two emiro together and the ends-ofl Which are secured by the peripherel row of stitches, in combination with a iIler-piece of flexible material substantially like the said members and adapted to be loosely held between and in.

contact withl the pads on the latter.

4. A heel-cushion, comprisin two Horrible members, stitches for uniting t ern, pads on the adjacent surfaces ofthe members, and a filler-piece loosely arranged between the seid member and in contact with said pads.

5. As an article4 of manufacture, an insole,

e cushion attached thereto, a member secured et the heel portion of the insole, a cushion on the said memberpresented to the cushion on the insole, stitches for Securing said member' on lthe insole', a filler-piecel looselyl arrangedbetweenthe heel portion and said mem 1' and disposed in contact with the' cushions thereof, and stitches for securing the cushions on the said member and the insole', said cush ions comprising webs of suitable fabricoi substantially the same" elastici-ty".`

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixedI my signature in the presence of two Witnesses.


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