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Патент USA US2124496

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July v19, 1938.
Filed Sept. '22, 1957"
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av whyéwiaé,
Patented July 19, 1938
Joseph Pei], Detroit, Mich.
Application September 22, 1937, Serial No. 165,194
1 Claim. (01. 36-76)
The invention relates to an arch support and
more especially to an external adjustable arch
supporter for footwear.
The primary object of the invention is the
5 ' provision of a supporter of this character, where
in the same is arranged externally of the foot
wear, either low or high shoes, at the arch area
thereof and is susceptible of adjustment for the
proper support of the arch of the foot when
10 wearing the foot covering or footwear, being novel
in its entirety and is readily and easily adjusted.
Another object of the invention is the provi
sion of a supporter of this character, wherein the
20 vision of a device of this character, which is sim
ple in its construction, thoroughly reliable and
efficient in operation, conveniently applied to
footwear, susceptible of easy adjustment con
gruous with the requirements in the use of the
footwear and the arch irregularity of a wearer,
25 strong, durable, and inexpensive to manufacture.
With these and other objects in view the in
vention consists in the features of construction,
combination and arrangement of parts as will be
hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in
30 the accompanying drawing, which discloses the
preferred and modi?ed forms of embodiment of
the invention and pointed out in the claims here
unto appended.
In the accompanying drawing:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a low shoe shown
partly in section with the supporter constructed
in accordance with the invention applied there
to being also in vertical section.
Figure 2 is a bottom plan view.
Figure 3 is an exploded perspective view of the
Figure 4 is a fragmentary side elevation show—
ing a modi?ed form of supporter.
Figure 5 is an enlarged transverse sectional
45 view taken on the line 5—5 of Figure 4.
Similar reference characters indicate corre
fasteners 13 and I4 with the heads i6 thereof
counterseated within the piece iii. The piece l5
has a forward upwardly curved nose I‘! and an
upturned perpendicularly disposed rear end l8.
The nose I‘! and the rear end l8 of the piece
I5 have contact with a leaf spring 19 which 10
plays against the arched area Ill exteriorly of
thereon yet allowing the spring to yield in the
direction of its length.
On the piece l5 between it and the spring l9‘
intermediate thereof is an externally threaded 20
stem, 22 on which is threaded a wrench-engaging
nut 23 having a rounded contact 24 engageable
with the spring i 9 forcing it under adjustment
in contacting relation with the arch area it] of
the shoe A and also effecting an arching of the
spring l9 between its ends.
Surrounding the fastener I4 is a coiled tension
ing spring 25 coactive against the piece l5 hold
ing it against the head of said fastener M.
In Figures 4 and 5 of the drawing there is
shown a slight modi?cation wherein the tread 9, 0
piece 26 is formed with bearings 21 carrying a
nut-carrying bolt 28 on which is turnable an
eccentric or cam 29 adapted for adjustment and
contact with the spring 30, being a substitute for
the nut 23.
The spring H1 or 30 can be raised under ad
justment to meet the requirements of different
arches to be supported by the supporter.
The said spring being innermost with respect 40
to the tread piece of the latter.
What is claimed is:
An arch supporter for footwear having an arch
area comprising an inner spring member located
next to the said arch area exteriorly of the foot; 45
wear, a tread piece outwardly with respect to
members II and I2, these being spaced apart
said spring member, means fastening the tread
piece to the arch area and outwardly disposed to
the spring member for terminal contact there
with, means carried by the tread piece and active 50
upon the spring member for raising the same, and
a spring interposed between said tread piece and
spring member and associated with the fastening
means, the tread piece being formed with an up
with respect to each other and are located at the
wardly curved nose and an upstanding heel end. 55 -
sponding parts throughout the several views in
the drawing.
Referring to the drawing in detail, in the con
50 struction of the shoe exempli?ed at A, the same
is made in the usual way, except that the arch
area It] has embedded therein headed socket
said members and attach a tread piece IS in
place, being clearances for accommodating the
the shoe A being provided with elongated slots
20 forming clearances in the association of the‘
instep or arch area of a foot is properly sup- _ members II and I2 and the fasteners I 3 and I4.
ported and braced irrespective of any weakness
Threaded externally on the member I2 is a 15
in the footwear at such area thereby‘ insuring retaining nut 2| holding the spring l9 engaged
comfort and relieving pain in that fallen arch is
avoided during the wearing of the foot covering.
A further object of the invention is the pro
members ii and I2 are screw-like fasteners l3
and M, respectively, these being threaded into
inner side of the shoe, while engageable in these
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