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March 22, 1938. ,
Filed Jan. 7, 1935
Patented Mar. 22, 1938
Charles Miller, Long Island City, N. v3L; Ida
Gordon Miller, (executrix of said Charles Mil
ler, deceased, assignor to 1. Miller & Sons,
1110., Long ‘Island City, N. Y., a corporation of
New (‘York
‘_ /’ Application January 7, 1935, Serial No. 587
2 Claims.
rl'he present invention relates to shoes and,
more particularly, to low shoes.
In the manufacture of low‘ shoes, especially
higher grade ladies’ low shoes having high heels,
15 it is very important to construct the shoe so that
(01. 36-45)
Fig. 3 is a view of the rear portion of the upper
in ?attened condition taken from the interior of
the shoe illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 with parts
cut away to more clearly illustrate the present
’ construction;
the top marginal [edge of the heel portion of the
upper should conform exactly to the correspond
ing portion of the last so that said portion of the
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the quarter blank before
the seam is formed;
upper in the ?nished shoe should ?t, with a high
the lines 5-5 and 6—6, respectively, of Fig. 3;
Fig. 7 is a fragmentary View, similar to Fig. 3, 10
10 degree of accuracy, the corresponding portion of
Figs. 5 and 6 are enlarged sectional views on ,
of another form of the invention;
the wearer's foot.
One object of the present invention is to pro
vide a low shoe with an improved construction
in the top marginal edge of the heel portion of
15 the upper whereby to improve the ?t of the heel
Fig. 8 is a sectional View on the line 8-_—B of.
Fig. 7.
Referring ?rst to the construction illustrated in
Figs. '1 to 6, the shoe as here shown is a low shoe
portion of the shoe especially at said critical top ' of the pump type and comprises an upper‘ which
marginal edge thereof.
Another purpose in constructing the upper
marginal edge portion of the heel portion of the
includes a vampylll and a rear quarter 12 united
with the vamp 10 by stitching along lines ll, an
outsole Ill, and a heel H3. The quarter-is a uni
20. upper to conform accurately to the corresponding
tary piece extending from one side of the shoe ~
part of the last is to obtain an accurate location
of said top marginal edge of the upper with re
spect to the forward edge of the upper at the
shoe opening, especially in. shoes of the‘ pump
25 type, so that the shoe should ?t the wearer’s foot
properly and to'prevent the sides of the upper
seam 18 which extends above the heel seat of
the shoe to a point spaced from the top edge 20,
‘from spreading. This constitutes another object
of the invention.
One of the factors which causes difficulty in
accurately ?tting the heel of the upperrto the
last for obtaining a well ?tting shoe is the seam
heretofore employed in uniting the rear ends of
the quartersv of the upper. Another object, there
fore, is to provide a low shoe with a quarter which
35 is devoid of the usual seam at the aforesaid criti
cal top marginal edge portion of the heel portion;
Another object of the invention is to reduce
the thickness of the top marginal edge of the heel
portion of the upper and to prevent wrinkles and
40 bulges of the materials, including the shoe linings,
at said portion.
A further object of the invention is to provide
a low shoe with an improved anti-slip construc
tion in the interior'heel portion of the upper.
A yet further object of the invention is gener
ally to provide a low shoe which will ?t well and
which will retain its shape.
The above objects of the invention and other
objects ancillary thereto will best be understood
50 ‘from the following description considered in con
nection with the accompanying drawing.
- In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a side view of a. shoe embodying the
present invention;
Fig. 2 is a rear view of the shoe shown in Fig. 1;
across the heel to the other side of the shoe, and
comprises two similar portions I3 united by a
and an undivided top marginal portion 2| inte
gral with said side. portions I3.
Referring to Fig. 4, the side portions I3 of the
quarter l2, in its condition prior to the formation
of the seam l8, have confronting convexly curved _
edges l3a disposed in diverging relation from the -.
bottom of the top marginal portion 2|, and the
bottom edges I31) of said side portions l3 incline
upwardly from the free ends of said convexly
curved edges [3a. The quarter l2 and a textile
lining 22 are stitched together by the seam H3.
The exposed layer of leather or other material
in the quarter l2 and the conformed lining 22
are preferably adhesively united throughout'their contiguous surfaces. When the seam I8 is formed
the rear of the quarter is curved to conform to
the heel of the wearer. A cover strip 26 is applied
over the seam. 18 to provide a smooth surface.
This strip may consist of textile material and is
preferably adhesively secured in position. As
shown said cover strip extends beyond the upper 45
end of the seam It to the edge 20 of the quarter.
A leather lining 28, which as here shown, may
be part of the vamp‘ lining, is divided centrally
at the rear portion and the lower rear portion of
said lining is removed providing spaced confront 50
ing edges 38 extending to a point about midway
between the upper end of the seam l8 and the
upper edge 20 of the quarter 12. The edges 30
are preferably curved, having a double curvature
as shown, whereby the lower portions thereof will
be disposed in relatively close relation in the shoe
and the upper portions thereof will be spaced so
as to reduce the thickness of the rear of the
quarter in the region indicated by the numeral
32, that is, above the seam I8, thus providing
more room for the Wearer’s heel at the part of
maximum curvature and thereby improving the
?t of the heel portion of the shoe on the wearer’s
foot at the heel thereof. The meeting edges of
10 lining 28 above the cutaway portion 32 outlined
by said curved edges 39 are united by a fine butt
seam 34 which eliminates any bulging portion in
the area of the quarter portion 21. An apron 36
which is preferably of very thin leather is dis
posed between the linings 22 and 28 in the area
of the upper quarter portion 2| and extends from
the edge 20 to a point spaced from the upper end
of the seam I 8.
This apron overlies the over
lapping edges of the vamp l0 and quarter I2, the
stitching II at said edges, and the cover strip 26
and thereby aids in forming a smooth surface
behind said lining 28 in the area of the upper
quarter portion 2|.
An anti-slip member 38 consisting of a piece
of soft upper leather with the ?esh side thereof
uppermost or exposed is disposed at the central
rear portion of the quarter i2 and is attached
thereto by the upper line of stitching 48 which
passes through the upper edges of the lining 2B,
30 the apron 36, and the cover strip 26. The winged
upper portions 39 and the central upper portion
43 of the member 38 are secured by intermediate
lines of stitching 4i and edge lines of stitching
42 to the lining 28 only, and the portion 44 of the
anti-slip member 38 below the winged portions
39 are, prior to being incorporated in a shoe, free
from stitching or direct attachment to the quar
ter I 2 and the linings 22 and 28. It will be no
ticed also that the apron is stitched or secured
40 only at its upper edge to the edge 20 of the quar~
ter and that the rear central portion of the lining
28 overlapped by the anti-slip member 38 is
stitched to the quarter only at said edge 20.
Thus the several layers of material are free to
arrange themselves in proper relation to obviate
the formation of wrinkles or folds in said layers
of material.
In the construction illustrated in Figs. '7 and 8,
the apron 36 is omitted, lining 28a, which is other
wise the same as the lining 28 is provided with
confronting edges 380. which are spaced from
each other for the full extent thereof, and the
anti-slip member 38a is stitched thereto by the
top line of stitching 40a, which secures these
parts and the textile lining 22a to the top edge
20a of the quarter 12a, and by the edge lines of
stitching 41a which are con?ned to the winged
portions 39a and the top portion 43a of the anti
slip member and the underlying portions of the
lining 28a. The quarter l2a is otherwise of the 10
same construction including the seam l3a similar
to the seam l8 and the cover strip 26d similar
to the cover strip 25.
While I have shown the preferred embodiments
of the invention, it will be understood that the
invention is not limited to these embodiments and
that the constructions shown may be varied.
Therefore, I do not wish to‘ be limited to the
constructions illustrated herein, except as may
be required by the appended claims and the 20
prior art.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim is:
1. A low shoe comprising an upper having a
quarter formed of an integral piece of material
extending from one side of the shoe around the
rear to- the other side of the shoe, the portion
of said quarter extending around the rear com
prising a lower interiorly seamed portion extend
ing above the heel seat of the shoe and an upper
portion integral with the sides extending up
wardly beyond said seamed portion, said upper
having a lining terminating in spaced heel por
tions overlying said lower quarter portion, and
a member overlying said spaced rear portions of 35
the lining.
2. In a low shoe, an upper having a quarter
portion, a lining for the shoe secured to said
upper and terminating in spaced confronting
edges disposed at the rear of the quarter portion, 40
said confronting edges being relatively widely
spaced in the region of the rear of the quarter
portion substantially midway between the heel
seat and the top edge of the quarter forming a
cut-out, the edges of the lining being stitched 45
together above said cut-out, and a lay-er of ma
terial overlying the confronting edge portions of
the lining and stitched thereto above said cut-out.
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