US 892171 A
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No. 892,171. PATENTED JUNE 30, 1908.
' 0. B. MAPES.
APPLICATION FILED APR. 14, 1908.
WITNESSES: INVENTOR- y l I V I 6.1K. WM A HORNE Y5 CLARA E. MAPES, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed April 14, 1906.
Patented June 30, 1908.
Serial No. 311,719.
a sole portion having vertical sides and toe' coveringand with an integral stra extending around the heel, and with; or wit out an additional strap across'the instep, and has for its object to provide a simply constructed attachment whereby the sandal may be sup ported upon the foot.
With these and other objects in view which will appear as the nature ofthe inventionis better understood, the invention consists in certain novel features of construction as hereafter'fully described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawings'forming a part of this specification and in which corresponding parts are denoted by like designating characters, is illustrated the preferred form of the embodiment of the invention capable of carrying the same into practical operation.
In the drawings :-The figure represents a pers ective view of the improved overshoe.
T 1e improved article comprises a sole portion 10 havin vertical sides 1112, a toe portion 13, a eel strap 14,'and preferably with an instep strap 15, these parts being of the usual construction, of rubber. The heel strap 14 is generally arranged to bear over the heel portion of the shoe at its functure with the ankle, and sufficiently e astic to hold the sole portion with its sides and toe portion in position, but in order to do this, it is necessary that the heel stra shall draw the sole portion with consi lera le force and this strain causes the overs oe to produce an unpleasant drawing effect upon the foot of the wearer, and if the heel strap is arranged sufficiently loose to prevent this drawing effect, it is liable to worklloose and drop down over the heel.
The constant motion of the foot in walking causes the heel strap to work loose unless it be sufficiently strained to resist this loosening effect, and as before stated, if thus left loose, it is liable to fall over the heel and releasethe overshoe. The principal object of the present invention is to rovide a simply constructed attachment w ereby the heel stra is held in position, and prevented from disp acement even when left com aratively loose,.so that the sole portion with its sides and toe covering may be worn with sufiicient looseness to revent the drawing effect upon the foot, wh' e at the same time held in position upon the foot and prevented from displacement therefrom by the movement of the foot.
The improvement consists in forming two straps 1617 extending from the heel strap intermediate its sides, and preferably integral therewith, and providing a suitable fastening means to connect the free ends of the straps over the lower portion of the ankle or the u per portion of the instep of the wearer, this fastening means bein preferably some form of an easily operatef buckle, as represented at 18. By this simple means, an overshoe of comparative looseness and corresponding comfort may be worn without daner of attachment or displacement by the oot motion. Another ob ect gained by this construction is that the same pair of overshoes may be worn with different forms of shoes, as the strap 17-,18 ma be readily adjusted by means of the buck e to adapt the overshoe to different sizes or forms of shoes.
The device is very simple in construction, can be inexpensivel manufactured, and
. does not add material to the cost of the arled.
ticle to which it is ap 'Eed the invention, what Having thus descn is claimed as new is A heelless overshoe comprising a sole ortion having side and toe portions, a eel stra integral with the side portions and exten ing upwardly and rearwardly therefrom for engagement with the heel ortion of a shoe, an instep strap integral wit 1 the side portions of the overshoe and extending continuously from one side to the other thereof, supporting straps extending forwardly and upwardly from opposite portions of the heel strap and integral with said heel strap, and means for adjustably connecting the su port ing straps, said supportin straps an heel strap constituting an ankle. andfor encircling a shoe above-the heel and instep.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereto afiixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
CLARA E. MAPES.
Witnesses: HENRY W. RIEssIoK, ADOLPH G. FURTHMAN.