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Get. 25, 1938.
Filed Sept. 11, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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‘Doris F. WdIKer
Get. 25, 1938.
Filed Sept. 11, 1957
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
Doris, F. WolKer
Patented oa.25,193s
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' 2,134,221
Doris Franklin Walker, Gastonia, N. c.
Application September 11, ‘1937, serial No. 163,402 1
1 Claim.
This invention relates to an arch-supporting
shoe and a method of making the same.
One of the objects of the invention is to provide
a novel arch-supporting shoe which will give a
5. more adequate support to the arch of the foot,
and I accomplish this by using a relatively wide,
properly shaped arch-supporting shank member
(01. 36-85)
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary view showing the bot
tom of an insole’ with a different form of arch
supporting shank member applied thereto;
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of the arch-sup
porting shank member illustrated in Figs. 1, 2, 3 5' '
and 4;
Fig. >8_ is adiagrammatic perspective view of
which underlies the insole of the shoe and which
is of a width and shape to extend at least to the
10 inner edge of the insole along the shank portion
thereof, and in order to make a proper connection between the upper and the insole on the inside of the shoe at the shank portion I propose
to provide the upper with an extension on its
15 inner side which extends across and underlies the
shank member and is secured to the insole along
the outer edge thereof. ,
In making my improved shoe the insole and
shank member are .assembled as usual and then
20 the edge of the upper is attached to the insole
from a point on the inner edge thereof immediately back of the ball of the foot and immediately
in front of the shank member, around the .toe
the shoe upper Showing the extension thereon '
which is carried across the shank member;
Fig. 9 is a view of a pad member which may 10
be inserted between the ‘insole and the shank
member in order to increase the arch-supporting
quality of the shoe;
' Fig. 10 is a section on the line ‘lll--l0,'Fig. 9.
I have herein illustrated my invention as it 15
portion and along the outer edge of the outsole
25 by any suitable orvusual means. The extension
on the inner edge of the upper is then drawn
across the shank portion of the shoe and secured to the insole along or adjacent the outer
edge thereof at the shank portion. The outer
30 sole may then subsequently be attached to the
shoe bottom, preferably by the cementing oper-
In order to provide an adequate support for
the arch of the foot Ipropose to employ an arch- 25
supporting shank member of somewhat resilient
metal, which shank member is of a width and
shape to extend at least to theinner edge of the
insole along the shank portion thereof. In Figs._
1 to 4 this'arch-su'pporting shank member is in- 30
dicated at I and it is secured to the insole in the
In order to give an understanding of the invention I have illustrated in the drawings some
35 selected embodiments thereof which will now be
described after'which the novel features will be
pointed out in the appended claim.
In the drawings:
usual way by means of tacks that are driven
through holes 8 formed in the heel end thereof
for that purpose. The shank member ‘I is formed
on its inner edge with an upwardly Curved eX- 35
tension .9 which curves around and partially em
braces the inner side of the shank portion of the
foot, and where this form of shank member is
Fig. l is a bottom view of any insole adapted
40 for use in makinga shoe embodying my improvements, the dotted lines in Fig. 1 indicating the
shape and location of the archesupporting shank
Fig. 2 is a view of the arch-supporting shank
employed I will preferably make .the insole, with
an extension vl'll projecting from its inner .edge at 40
the shank portion thereof, said extension I!) of
the insole having a shape corresponding to the
extension 9 of the shank member.
In making a welt shoe the insole will be so
might be embodied in making a welt shoe in which
the outer sole is cemented to the shoe bottom.
In the drawings, ll indicates the insole of the shoe,
2 is the-upper, 3 the lining for the uPPer- If the
invention is embodied ina welt shoe I propose to 20
provide the insole with an inseam-receiving rib
4 to which the edge I‘! of the upper and the welt
5 is sewed as indicated at .6 in Figs. 3 and 4.
45 member before the extension is given its curved
made that the inseam-receiving rib 4 will termi- 45 > ’
Fig. 3 is an enlarged section on the line 3-3,
Fig, 5;
Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 3 but showing
50 the edge of the upper extension sewed to the in.seam-receiving rib of the outsole;
nate on the inner edge portion of the insole at
a point immediately back of the bell of the foot
and immediately in front of the shank member
‘I as indicated at H in Fig. 1. The toe portion I2
of the upper is formed with an extension 13 on 50
the inner edge, said extension l3 being of a length '
Fig. 5 is a bottom plan view of a shoe em-
bodying my invention, said ?gure illustrating the
shoe after the upper has been attached to the
55 insole but before the outsole has been applied;
to extend across the bottom of the insole.
In the making of the shoe the latter is lasted
in the usual way exceptthat during this opera
tion the extension l3 of the upper is drawn across 55
the shank portion of the insole and secured there
tion between the upper and the insole at the
shank of the foot said upper is provided with the
extension l3 which extends across the insole and
underlies the shank member and is secured to
to at the outer edge thereof in some suitable way
as by means of tacks l4.
If the shoe is a welt shoe then the welt 5 and
the edge I‘! of the upper will be sewed to the in
the insole along the outer edge portion thereof
seam-receiving rib by the stitches 6, this oper
ation being similar to that employed in making
by having its edge l8 stitched to the inseam
either by tacks I4, as shown in Figs, 3 and 5, or
welt shoes except that on the inner side of the
insole the welt will terminate at the end ll of
as shown in Fig. 4.
The arch-supporting shank member 1 or ‘la
10 the inseam-receiving rib,,_as shown at“ in Fig. 5. may be placed directly on the bottom face of the 10
If desired, the extension l3 of the upper which insole as shown in Figs. 4. and 6, in which case
underlies the shank portion of the insole may be both the lining and the outer ply of the exten
of sufficient length so that the edge [8 thereof -_ sion l3 of the shoe upper would lie across the
will lie against the outer face of the inseam-re ’ shank member, or said shank member might be
15 ceiving rib 4, in which case said edge “3' o'flthe inserted'between thev lining portion of the ex 16
extension l3 will ‘be sewed to‘the inner siderofgthe tension 13, and the outer ply portion as shown
inseam-receiving rib during "the operation of
in Fig; 4. ‘
stitching the welt and upperltol the outer side of > '
While'Ihave shown-the invention as applied
said rib. This will produce a shoe constructed to a weltv shoe, yet it is equally applicable to
' vshoes'of other types, and hence I do not wish
20 as shown in Fig. 4.
..-‘After the welt has beenthus secured to the
shoe . then the outsole [9, indicated in dotted
lines in Figs. 3 and 4,, may be cemented topthe
shoe bottom in any approved way.
Byv making the arch-supporting shank member
‘I with the extra width at the shank portion
andgiving it the shape shown'in Figs. 1-4 said
shank provides an improved andadequate sup-.
port for the arch at the shankof the foot. Al;
though-the presence of. the metal shank mem
ber does not give su?icient support to the arch 25
it is possible for the person wearing theshoe
to remove the edge portion In of the insole from
the arch-supporting member and insert a pad
20 of felt or similar material beneath the edge
of the insole. This will have the eifect of rais 30
ing the edge of the insole at the shank of the
ber which has its edge extending _to_ thelinner
edge of the insole along the shank portion pre
vents the upper from being attached directly to
the inner edge of the insole at this point, yet by
making the upper with the extension‘. I3 which
foot and thus providing additional support for the
extends ‘across, the shank of the insole and which
is secured to the insole at the outer edge thereof,
seam-receiving rib having one end terminating at
a shoe is provided in which the upper and insole
ately back of the ball and extending from said
point around the toe portion and along the outer
edge of the shank, a metal arch-supporting shank 401,
member beneath the sole having its inner edge
extending substantially to the inner edge of the
insoleat the shank portion and being of a width
are properly held together attheshank portion.
Instead ofhaving the ‘shank memb'erformed
with the upwardly curvedextension 9 as shown
in Figs; ,1-4 and in Fig. '7, I mayemploy a shank
member 1a constructed as'shownin Fig. .6 and
which is formed so that the inner edge 22_thereof
4.5.? comes substantially flush with the inner edge
2| of the insole at the shank portion. This form.
of arch-supporting shank member will have suf
?cient arch-supporting qualities for many types
to be limited to the use of the invention in con
nection with a welt shoe.
1 An advantage of my improvement is that if it
is found that the arch-supporting shank mem
{I'he arch-supporting... shank member 1a is
shaped so that its inneredge 22 which is substan
tially flushwith the inner edge 2| ‘of the insole
is of considerable length andtextends. approxi
mately to the heel portion.
. It will be noted that in all forms of. the inven
tion the arch-supporting shank member extends
at least to the inner edge of the insole at the
shank portion of the shoe and thus provides a
more adequate support-for the arch. It willv also
be noted that in orderv to-securea proper connec-l
I claim:
A shoe having an insole provided with an in
a point on the inner edge of the insole immedi
to extend from said inner edge across and be
yond the median line of the insole, a welt co 45
extensive in length with said inseam-receiving
rib, an upper having its edge secured to the in
seam-receiving rib and to the welt throughout the
entire extent of said rib, said upper having on
its inner face an extension which extends across
the insole and shank member and the edge of
which is secured to 'the insole along the outer
marginal portion thereof, and an outsole cement
ed to the exposed portion of the insole, the welt
and said extension of the upper, said shoe being 55;
weltless on the innerside of the shank portion
thereof for the full width of said upper extension
and the insole being free from the upper along
the'weltless portion of the inside of the shoe.
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