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' July 26, 1938.
Filed Feb. 15, 1956
Patented July 26, 1938
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
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
The construction above outlined is advantage
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
In the drawing,
Fig. 1 represents a perspective view of a portion
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:
1. A shoe rack comprising a support formed of
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. 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. ‘
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