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‘April 12, 1938.
Filed Oct. 9, 1935 .
2 sheets-sheet 1
April 12, 1938.
Filed 001:. 9,‘ 19‘35
Z‘Sheets-Sheet 2
Patented Apr. 12, 1938
Francis ‘B. Nehus, Cincinnati, Ohio, assignor of
one-half to Albert H. Bode, Cincinnati, Ohio
Application October 9, 1935, Serial No. 44,209
7 Claims.
g; This invention relates to an adjustable arch
support and is concerned with supports of this
kind. adapted under‘ one form to- be removably
positioned in a shoe, and under another form,
to be permanently positioned therein.
An object of the invention is to provide an
arch support adapted for ?ne degrees of adjust
ment so that the wearer may determine the posi
tion best adapted for his purposes and comfort.
‘Another object is to provide an arch support
adjustable in four directions, namely, upwardly
and downwardly as well as forwardly and rear
Another object is to provide an arch support,
“ adjustable as described, but constructed of a
minimum of parts so that the device may be
manufactured at low cost and manipulated with
ease by the wearer.
Another object is to provide an arch support
comprising a resilient pad removable to adjusted
Another object is to provide an arch support
ing plate which contacts the inner ‘sole with
which it is adapted to be associated at only three
points whereby a particularly effective resiliency
is achieved.
Another object is to provide an arch support
unit which is immediately accessible interiorly
of the shoe with which it is associated so that
the support unit may be readily adjusted and
readjusted to suit the wearer’s needs with a mini
mum of‘ time and e?ort.
Another object of the invention is to provide
. arch supporting means adapted for long periods
of usefulness.
‘ These and other objects are attained by the
means described herein and illustrated in the
accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view, with parts broken
away, of one form of the arch support unit of
this invention.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the intermediate '
.plate of the unit seen in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the bottom plate
’ of the unit illustrated in Fig. 1.
Fig.4 is a cross sectional view taken on line
4-4 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a modi?ed form
of the intermediate arch supporting member, in
Fig. 8 is a perspective view of an inner cover
or insole adapted to be used in a shoe provided
with the support unit of Fig. 7.
Heretofore various types of arch support units
have been provided but these have possessed var
ious disadvantages. Probably the chief disad
vantage which has been common to arch units
previously known, has been the lack of complete 10
adjustability. Some arch support units have
been provided in which a support plate is pro
vided with means, generally at the ends of the
plate, for raising and lowering the plate to dif
ferent arch supporting heights. Frequently, the
means'for adjusting in this manner, have been
complicated and comparatively inaccessible so
that an expert was required for making such
adjustments. In addition to this, such arch units,
while providing for the up and down adjustmentv
referred to, have had no means for shifting the
arch unit as a whole forwardly or rearwardly
of the shoe to exactly the position required by
the individual wearer. It is obvious that the rais- -
ing and lowering of an arch is substantially use 25
less if the exact positioning of the unit as a whole
has not been effected.
The present invention overcomes these chief
difficulties by providing, in the ?rst place, an
arch support unit which is adjustable instan
taneously by the wearer and without the services.
of an expert, the adjustment means being acces
sible and. visible interiorly of the shoe. In the
second place, the present invention, by virtue of
a central longitudinal slot and a main adjust- ;
ment screw associated therewith, provides not
only for the depression and elevation of the arch
supporting plate, but likewise provides for shift
ing of this plate bodily to the front or rear of the
shoe, as may be required. In this way the proper 40
placing of the arch support may be obtained with
absolute exactitude.
The present invention likewise embraces var
ious other advantages including ef?ciency of
manufacture due to the simplicity and reduction
of parts of the device. The degree of resiliency
of the main ar'ch supporting plate of this inven
tion has been greatly increased due to the novel
three point support whereby said plate is associ
, .Fig. '7 is a fragmental perspective view of a
ated with the inner sole of a shoe.
With reference to the drawings: The unit illus
trated in Fig. '1 comprises an upper plate or cover
In which may be formed of leather. The cover
Ill may project from the heel of the shoe up to
shoe having a modi?ed form of the arch sup
the forward portions thereof. Said cover may be 55
the form of a resilient pad.
' Fig. 6 is a cross sectional view taken on the
line 6-6 of Fig. 5.
porting unit associated with the inner sole‘there
provided with a central aperture I2 and front
shifted forwardly or backwardly of the shoe, by
and rear similar apertures I3.
virtue of the slot 24.
Beneath the cover II], on the inner sole of a
shoe, the bottom plate I4 of the arch supporting
unit of Fig, 1 is adapted to be positioned. The
position of the whole unit is substantially the
same as that of the modi?ed form seen asso
ciated with a shoe in Fig. '7.‘ Said plate I4 may
likewise be provided at one side thereof, and ad.
It may be-remarked that in the event that a
very considerable forward and rearward adjust
ment of the plate is required, the'screws-28 may 5.1
be removed from the initial perforations vI 6 and I‘!
into which they were inserted and threadedly
entered into other of said perforations. It'will be
understood, however, that normally, the latitude
jacent the front and rear extremities thereof," of movement made possible by the slots l2 and 21,
with one or
are adapted
tures I3 of
aperture I8,
more perforations l6 and II which
to register with the slots or aper
the cover III. A central threaded
on the instep side of the plate I4 is
likewise provided.
The main arch supporting member consists of
an intermediate plate I9 (Fig. 2) consisting of a
body portion 29, having front and rear resilient
pronged extensions 2| and 22 extending, therefrom
in alignment with one side, that is the inner lon
gitudinal arch side, of the plate. Arlateral re
silient extension 23 projects from the plate to
Ward the side opposite the instep portion and
a ' line
pronged extensions 2| and ‘22. It will be seen
by reference to Figs. 2 and 4, that all of said ‘ex
tensions 2!, 22, and 23 project into planes below
provide for a Wide range ,of adjustment without
the need of changing the screws 28 to otherrof
the adjacent threaded perforations.
In Figs. 5 and 6 a modi?ed form of interme
diate member is illustrated. Thisconsists of a 15
resilient pad 29 having its greatest height or
thickness on the instep side 39 and‘ tapered to
ward the oppositeside thereof as indicated at 3|.
The resilient pad is providedwith front and rear
slotted extensions BI and 32 which are adapted
'to cooperate with’ suitable adjustment screws
similar to the screws 28 heretofore described in
connection'with Fig. 1. This pad may be shifted
to the front and rear of the shoe but obviously
is not intended'for use in instances where de
pression and elevation of the arch support are
In Fig. 7 a'modi?ed form of unit comprises a
The plate I9 is provided along the instep por— a plate 33 identical with the plate I9'heretofore de
the central or body portion 20 of the plate I9.
30 tion thereof, and centrally of the body 20, with a
longitudinal slot 24 through which an adjust
scribed but having under its pronged extensions
34 and 35 small screw plates 36 instead of the
ment screw 25 freely extends. The upper portion large bottom plate-Moi the ?rst form of the in
of adjustment screw 25 is revolubly connected by vention described. Furthermore, the central ad
suitable means with the body 20 of the interme-v justment screw 31 is entered into a central screw
03 c' diate plate. The means illustrated in Fig. 4 com ‘ plate 38, all of said plates being suitably se- 1
prise the screw head 26 and an annular shoulder cured such as by rivets 43, to the inner sole 39
210 on the shank of the screw at a point below of a shoe 40. The plates 36 may be provided with
perforations 44 for receiving ‘the front and rear
the head. Between the head 26 and the ,shoul
der 216 the portions of the body ZIIadjacent the adjustment screws 45'. The use and adjustment
of this form of the invention is identical with that 40
40 slot 24 are loosely engaged.
already described.
The lower portions of the screw‘ 25 are adapt
It should be remarked that'the modified form
ed to be threadedly received in the perforation I8
of the bottom plate Hi. It will further beseen , of the invention seen in Fig. 7 is adapted to be‘
that the head 26 of the screw may be positioned permanently positioned in a shoe whereas‘ the
in or upon the central aperture I2 of the cover I II. ' form illustrated in Fig. 2 is a removable unit. 45
The pronged extensions 2i] and 22, comprise
longitudinal slots 2'! which are adapted'to register
with the perforationsIG and I‘! of the bottom
plate and with the apertures I3 of the cover III.
A screw 28 (Fig. 1) projects freely through the
aperture I3, the slots 21 of the pronged exten
sions, and is threadedly receivable in perforations
I5 and I’! of the bottom plate.
‘The use and adjustment ofthe arch support
unit just described is as follows: The device is
positioned in the shoe and the wearer determines
for himself whether the height of the unit is
suitable for his purposes. If it'is to be lowered,
the screw 25 is advanced into the perforation I8
60 so that the intermediate plate is depressed. If
greater height is needed in the unit; said screw
is retracted and‘ the plate thereby raised.
will be understood that prior to these adjust
ments, the screws 28 which normally retain the
65 extremities of the pronged extensions 2I and 22
in contact with the inner sole 'of a shoe, are
loosened so as to permitv a slidable relation of
the pronged extensions with the bottom plate I4.
The individual need as to height of the arch unit
70 having thus been attended to, the exact position
ing of the unit of the intermediate plate It
may be effected.
This is likewise'a'ccomplished
by loosening of the screws 25 and 28, the loosen
ing of the former permitting the plate I9 to be
Due tothe minimum of parts in the device of Fig.
7, the latter may readily and efficiently’be in
stalled in both a new and an old ‘shoe.
Fig. 8 illustrates a suitable cover or insole that
may be used in the shoe with which the unit of .
Fig. ' '7 is associated. When the adjustment
screws of the arch support unit are to be regu
lated, the insole III may be lifted'for giving access
In both the units of Figs. 1 and’ '7; the inter- ~
mediate plates I9 and 33 have a-three point con
tact only with the inner sole upon which they are
positioned. This makes for highly ‘ef?cient re
siliency in the arch support and likewise for a
minimum of abrasion and wear, .on the inner sole.
It will be seen, especially in Fig. 4, that the lateral
extension of said intermediate plates, having no
positive connection with either ‘the upper cover,
the bottom plate'or the inner sole of thezshoe, is
free to shift to the extent necessitated by any
adjustment of the instep portions ofthe unit. . It
will be further seen that the projection of said
lateral extension intermediate the pronged ex
tensions of the archv support plate results in grad
ual tapering of the height of the arch support
unit from the instep portion thereof toward the
opposite‘ side of the shoe. The minimum of parts
required of the present invention is in marked
contrast with the similar elaborate ‘structures
heretofore provided for similar purposes. Fur‘
thermore, the reduction in weight as well as in
material, of the unit illustrated in Fig. '7, makes
of the intermediate portions of the plate, the
screw further providing in the retracted position
for forward and rearward shifting and adjust
for greater comfort as well as greater economy in
' ment of the plate as a whole by virtue of said
use and in manufacture.
central slot.
What is claimed is: V
4. The combination with a shoe, of an arch
1. An adjustable arch support comprising a
bottom plate, a ?exible top plate or cover, means
connecting said two plates and providing for a'
pocketélike recess therebetween and accessible
10 from one side thereof, a resilient arch-supporting
member adapted to be inserted in said recess and
provided with a forward and rearward pronged
extension, said upper plate being formed with a
support adapted to be positioned on the inner
sole of a shoe and comprising‘ an independent con
vex resilient plate provided with a slot extending
longitudinally thereof, and an adjustment mem 10
ber projecting freely through said slot and hav
ing its upper portion revolubly connected with
said element, said adjustment member being
tions, said slots and perforations being adapted
adapted to be attached to an, inner sole with
which the arch-supporting element is associated’ 15
and to be advanced and retracted relative thereto
to register with the pronged extension of the po
sitioned arch-supporting member, and a screw
adapted to be inserted in each of said elongated
20 slots and to be passed downwardly between the
element, said adjustment member further pro
viding in the retracted position for forward and
rearward shifting and adjustment of the arch 20
pair of elongated slots and said bottom plate be
ing provided with two pairs of threaded perfora
for effecting depression and elevation of said ‘
prongs of the adjacent extension into a selected 7 supporting element as a whole by virtue of said
one of the threaded perforations of the bottom _ slot.
5. An adjustable arch support comprising a
plate, said screws being adapted to limit forward '
and backward movement of the positioned arch
25 supporting member and being adapted to be re
moved and inserted in other of said perforations
to provide for selective adjustability of the arch
supporting member.
2. The combination with a shoe, of an arch
30 support unit adapted to be positioned on the inner
sole of the shoe at the instep and comprising an
independent convex resilient plate provided with
> a slot extending longitudinally of the plate, an
adjustment screw projecting freely through the
35 slot and having its upper portion revolubly con
nected with the plate, the head of the screw being
accessible from the interior of the shoe, and
means on the inner sole for threadedly receiving
the lower portions of the screw to provide’for ad
40 vancement and retraction of the screw and con
?exible cover, a bottom plate beneath the cover
and provided with perforations, an arch sup 25
porting. element adapted to be positioned between
said ‘plate and cover, and means for releasably‘
attaching the arch-supporting element tothe
bottom plate, said attaching means comprising
downwardly-projecting members associated with 30
the arch-supporting element and insertable into
selected perforations of the bottom plate, the
insertable members being adapted to be with
drawn, and reinserted mother of said perfora
tions for selectively adjusting the position, of the 35
arch-supporting element as a whole.
6. An arch supporting unit adapted to be posi- .
tioned on the insole of a shoe and comprising a
plate of resilient material provided with a front
and rear slotted extension, and means for attach 40
sequent depression and elevation of the plate, the ' ing said extension to a shoe insole'and compris
screw further providing in the retracted position ' ing screws or the like insertable through the
for forward and rearward shifting and adjust-' slotted extensions and means attachable to'the
shoe insole beneath the extensions and provid
' ment of the plate as a whole by virtue of said
under each a screw-receiving perforation, the 45
3. The combination'with‘a shoe, of an arch plate being adjustable as a whole forwardly and
supportv unit adapted to be positioned on the, rearwardly by loosening of the screws and shift
ing of the plate within the limits of the slotted
inner sole of the shoe at the instep and compris
ing a convex resilient plate provided adjacent extensions.
7. Arch supporting means comprising a plate 60
50 the central portion thereof with a slot extending’
longitudinally of the'plate, a longitudinally slotted provided with perforations, an independent arch
portion at the front and the rear of the plate, supporting element for positioning on said plate,
means associated with said front and rear and means for releasably attaching the arch-sup
porting element to the plate, said attaching
slotted portions for holding said portions ad
means comprising a downwardly projecting mem 55
55 jacent the inner sole in adjustable relation there
with, an adjustment screw projecting freely ber associated with the arch-supporting element
and insertable into a selected perforation of the
through said central slot and having its upper por
tion revolubly connected with the plate, the head plate for positioning the arch-supporting element,
said insertable member being adapted to be with
, of the screw being accessible from the interior
60 of the shoe,‘ and means on theinner sole, for drawn and reinserted in other of said ‘plate per 60
threadedly receiving the'lower portions of the forations for'selectively adjusting the position of
screw to provide for advancement and retraction the arch-supporting element as a whole.
thereof and consequent depression and elevation
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