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' July 26, 1938. , w, BARNETT‘ SHOE RAQK ' Filed Feb. 15, 1956 2,124,645 Patented July 26, 1938 2,124,545 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,124,645 SHOE RACK Walter Barnett, Leicester, England, assignor to United Shoe Machinery Corporation, Pater son, N. J.,' a corporation of New Jersey Application February 15, 1936, Serial No. 64,083 In Great Britain March 20, 1935 3 Claims. This invention relates to racks such as are used for supporting shoes between operations performed upon the shoes during their manu facture. 5 In the use of shoe racks in carrying shoes from one part of a factory to another considerable diffi culty has heretofore been experienced in prevent ing injury to shoes and particularly to those the uppers of which are constructed of light or deli 10 cate leathers or fabrics. This difficulty is due to the fact that the shoes may become displaced from the supporting members of the rack or may be subjected to jostling as the result of which the shoes come in contact with each other or 15 with portions of the rack in such a way as to scratch or otherwise mar the uppers. In view of the foregoing, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved shoe rack which is especially constructed and arranged 20 to carry shoes in such manner that the likelihood of injury thereto will be reduced to a minimum. To this end and as illustrated, the invention provides a shoe rack in which the shoe-support ing portions thereof are composed of yielding 25 material and in which there is means securely to hold the shoes in position to prevent them from coming in contact with each other. Preferably, and as shown, the rack is provided with a shoe supporting member comprising a shelf formed of 30 sponge rubber having elongated openings extend ing therethrough and the walls of which are adapted closely to engage and to support the body portions of shoes carried bottoms up upon the shelf. The construction above outlined is advantage 35 ous in that the shelf itself, being constructed of yielding material, will not offer such resistance to shoes as to mar them when they are placed in the rack or removed therefrom and, since the walls 40 of the elongated openings are adapted closely to engage the shoes, the shoes will be ?rmly held upon the shelf with the result that adjacent shoes will not touch each other. These and other features of the invention will 45 be apparent from the following detailed descrip tion when taken in connection with the accom panying drawing and will be pointed out in the claims. In the drawing, Fig. 1 represents a perspective view of a portion 50 of a shoe rack constructed in accordance with a preferred embodiment'of my invention and show ing a shelf with shoes in position thereon; and Fig. 2 is a cross-section taken along line II-—II 55 of Fig. 1. (Cl. '211—34) The shoe rack shown in the drawing comprises a frame composed of four vertical angle irons l0 having cross braces l2 upon which rests a shelf l4, it being understood that a plurality of such shelves may be mounted in the frame if desired. The shelf I4 comprises a slab l6 of yieldable material, such as sponge rubber, which is mounted upon two rods I8 extending longitudi nally of the rack and resting upon the end braces l2, the shelf being provided with a plurality of 10 shoe receiving openings 20. Preferably each of the openings 20 is formed in the shape of an oval which is wider at the rear of the shelf than at the front in order to correspond to the shape of a shoe placed in an opening bottom up with the 15 heel end of the shoe toward the rear of the rack. Preferably the openings are arranged in pairs with the spaces between the openings of each pair and between successive pairs of open ings such that adjacent shoes will not engage 20 each other when in position in the openings. The walls of the openings, being yieldable, will readily conform closely to the contours of shoes of ’ ’ a wide range of sizes and shapes. In order to protect the surface of the sponge rubber against wear, and to protect delicate up pers from discoloration, the shelf is provided with a covering 22 conveniently of textile material such as swansdown or is sprayed. with a coating of suitable material. In this connection it is ‘to 30 be noted that the covering 22 extends over the body portion of the material I6, covers the walls of the openings 20 and also covers the exposed edge portions of the rods l8. In the use of the rack, shoes such as indicated at 24 are placed in position upon the rack by inserting them bottoms up, heel portions to the rear, in the openings 20, the material 16 of the shelf yielding su?iciently to permit the walls of the openings ?rmly to grip the shoes, thus to hold 40 them securely in position without. however, hav ing any tendency to mar the shoes. > Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is: 45 1. A shoe rack comprising a support formed of relatively thickness openings reception soft resilient material of appreciable and having a plurality of elongated extending therethrough each for the of a shoe, the walls de?ning said open 50 ings being formed by the thickness of the mate-v . . rial of said support thereby to engage and sup port the shoes over a substantial area, and said walls being yieldable to closely conform to the contours of shoes of different sizes and shapes. 2 2,124,645 2. A shoe rack comprising a support formed from relatively soft resilient material of appre ciable thickness and having a plurality of’ elon gated openings extending therethrough each for the reception of a shoe; a soft ?exible covering 3. A shoe rack comprising a relatively ?at thick shelf of sponge rubber having a plurality of elongated openings extending therethrough, each adapted to receive a shoe, said shelf being of sub stantial thickness thereby to engage and sup enclosing said material and covering the side’ port the shoes over a substantial area, and the walls de?ning said openings, said side Walls being marginal edges of said shelf about said openings being rounded‘ to facilitate the insertion of shoes formed by thethickness of said material and cov ering thereby to engage the shoes over a substan 10 tial area and readily to conform to the contours of shoes of different sizes and shapes. in said openings. ‘ ' ' WALTER BARNETT.