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Publication numberUS990458 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 25, 1911
Filing dateJan 27, 1908
Priority dateJan 27, 1908
Publication numberUS 990458 A, US 990458A, US-A-990458, US990458 A, US990458A
InventorsWilliam M Scholl
Original AssigneeWilliam M Scholl
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Instep-arch support.
US 990458 A
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QQUAEQR, I at ntad Apr. 25, 19 11.



To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I. lVILLIAM M. SoHoLL,

a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new-and useful Improvements in Instep-Airch Supports, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in instep arch supports.

One of the objects of my invention is to provide a support wherein there is contained a yielding pad between the metallic arch plate and the overlying foot-hearing cover surface.

Another object of my invention is to pro vide a support Whereih the arch plate underlies the arch only, and the cushion or yielding pad is extended rearwardly beyond the plate, so that when said device is placed within the foot wear, wherein it is to be worn, the cushion or yielding pad underlies the heel of the wearer,

Still another object ofmy invention is to increase the resiliency of the heel portion of an arch support by the provision of a heel cushion of rubber or like resilient material, and to provide a hollowed heel-seat which will take form to accurately tit the wearer's heel.

A further object of my invention is to provide an arch support wherein the tendency of the side support for the arch to force the foot laterally outward is compensated or by a heel seat arrangement tending to resist such displacement. And yet another object of my invention is to provide a means where- ,by the parts of the device may be secured together without producing objectionable projections, indentations or other irregularities on the bearing leather surface to chafc or otherwise injure the feet of the wearer.

Other and further objects of my invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from a consideration of the specification and drawing.

In the drawing; Figure 1 is a plan view showing the top or foot bearing surface of the device; F 1g. is a view of the bottom of the device showing the arch plate, the yielding;- pad and a portion of the leather cover; Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the device; Fi 4- is a longitudinal section on line P4 of ig. 2; Fig. 5 is the cross section taken on line 55 of Fig. 2. Fig. 6 is a longitudinal section of the riveted part in detail.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed January 27, 1908.

Patented Apr. 25, 1911.

Serial No. 412,691.

In all the views the same characters of reference indicate similar parts.

In the device I provide an arch supporting base structure, preferably consisting of a single metal arch plate IO shaped longitudinally to conform to the normal arch of the foot, and to extend from just in front of the heel to a point back of the ball of the foot. Said arch plate 10 is also transversely curved for conformity to the normal arch and is provided with the usual side wing 10 following the shape of the curved inner side of the instep-arch. Other base structures may be employed, however, but it is my prefhollowed portion of the instep arch of the foot. The/pad 11 is preferably about coextensive with the cover piece 12 save at its front edge where it preferably is somewhat shorter than the cover piece, both the pad and the cover being preferably skived off around their porimeters for the dual purpose of facilitating sewing and fitting smoothly in theshoe.

14 indicates an elastic cushion preferably arranged beneath the heel of the cover piece for interposition between the cover piece and the shoe heel, said cushion being preferably secured ljietweeifthe cover piece and felt pad. I piefcr that the elastic cushion 14: be made of sponge rubber, or the like, shaped to provide heel seating recess 15 in its upper surface immediately underlying the cover piece, and preferably higher or thicker along the side 14 of the recess toward. the outside of the foot than along its opposite edge. The rear edge of the cushion 14- is quite thick and in general it tapers forward to a thin edge, which, by reason of the greater height or thickness of the outer side 14: of the cushion extends angularly across the median longitudinal line of the support. In assembling these parts I preferably rivet the arch plate to the superposed structure and sew the cover piece to the subjacent structure in such manner that the surface of the cover piece is smooth and not perforated to an material extent as by rivets. Also I'preferably re-: strict the stitching of the felt pad to the 5 edges thereof, and leave its middle portion free from stitching to avoid unduly compacting the felt in spots, and to leave it free to come and go somewhat, in shaping itself to the foot of the wearer, without bunching ably provide at the points where rivets 16 are used to secure the base structure to the pad, stay pieces 17 of firm fabric overlying the felt pad, and underlying respectively the cover member and the heel, cushion. Through thesepieces I pass the rivet-stems and then sew the ieces to the'leatherpas shown at 1818 in ig. 1. The rubber cushion 14 may then be secured to the cover piece if desired, by stitching 19 following the thin front edge of the cushion, a'ndlthenthe pad 14 sewed about itsedge, as at 20 to'the leather cover piece, and at the heel, through the rubber. The rivets 16,-whereof I prefer ably use but two, as shown, of cours'eipass through proper apertures in' the pad and arch plate and are headed beneath the archi plate to complete the union of the parts.

It will be obvious that; in use the leather cover piece will readily yield to the heel of the wearer where it overlies the recess in" the heel cushion and will soon conform precisely to the heel of theiwearer, and that the rubber heel cushion and felt padding will 85 Furthermore the conformation of the heel recess, With'its high edge toward the outer side of the foot, tends to offset the tendency of the foot to work away from the high in 40 nor side of the arch support, adding com.- fortfor the wearer and preventing run ning over of the shoe..

While I have herein described in some detail a specific embodiment of my invention which I believe to be new and which I have found to be practical 1n operation, it

will be understood that numerous changes in the s ecific embodiment may be made Without eparture from the spirit and scope 0 of my invention.

h Having thus described my inventlon, what ,I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patcut, is;-

1. In a device of the character described,

the combination of an arch plate, a pad' above the arch plate, a heel cushion above the heel portion of said pad, anda cover above said pad and heel cushion, rivets securing the pad to the arch plate, and stay pieces for securing the cover and heel cushon to said pad'and-arch structure.

2. In a device ofthe character described, the combination of an arch plate, a pad above-the arch plate, rivets connecting the padand arch plate, a cover above the pad,

or wrinkling. For these purposes I prefer-' afiord great comfort'and ease to the user'.'

and stay pieces for connecting the cover and pad-and-arch structure. a

3. In a device of the character described,

thecombination of an arch plate, 'a pad above the arch plate-having a heel portion beyond the arch plate and extendin slightly than said 'pad, a heel cushion suitably ta-'. pered for. fitting closely between the heel a portions of saidpad and cover, rivets con 'necting said pad and arch plate together,

and stay pieces fpr connecting the cover and heel cushion together and to the pad-andarch structure.

A. An arch plate, a pad, a heel'cushion I and a cover secured to the pad and heel cushion, a stay piece between the cover and pad. and a second stay piece between the plate, a

heel cushion and pad, and rivets connecting the stay pieces, pad, and arch plate.

5. In a device of the character described,

the combination of an arch plate, apad',

,, stay pieces above the pad, rivets connecting the stay pieces, pad, and arch plate, and a cover secured the stay pieces. f

'6. In a device of the character described, a metal arch plate local to the arch proper of the foot, acompressible pad overlylng said plate and extending in rear thereof to underlie the heel of the foot and form the lowermost member of the device at the heel portion thereof, a forwardly tapering ruber heel cushion overlying the entire heel :portion of the pad, 9. cover lying directly upon said cushion and the forward portion '0 said pad, throughout substantially the entire'exposed surface thereof, and means for securing said parts together. I

7 In a device of the character described, a metal arch plate local to the arch proper of the foot, a compressible pad dire'ctly overlying said plate, extending backward beyond the arch' plate to underlie substantially the entire heel of the foot, rivets connecting said plate and pad, a rubber heel cushion covering. substantially the entire heel fportion of said pad, and tapered toward. orward end for substantially smooth juncture with the curve of the pad portion overlying-the 'aich plate, a cover directly imposed upon said cushion and the pad portion in front thereof, and means for securing said cover and cushionto the pad and plate structure. j.

'8. In a device of the character described,

a metal arch plate local to the arch-proper of the foot, a compressible pad directly over lying said plate, extending backward beyond the arch plate to underlie substantially the entire heel ofthe foot,--rivets-connecting said plate and pad, a rubber heel cushion coveringj substantially the entire heel portion of said pad,.. and tapered toyvard its 990,458 &

forward end for substantially smooth junc- In testimony whereof I hereunto set my ture with the curyie of the pad POItiOIiOVBT- hand in the presence of two witnesses. lyin the arch ate, a cover direct impose d upon said ushion and the pad p rtion WILLIAM SCHOLL' 5 in front thereof, and means connecting said In the presence 0fcover to the rivets, with the rivets concealed GEO: T. MAY, J r., by the cover. MARY F. ALLEN.

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Cooperative ClassificationA43B7/142