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Патент USA US2136980

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Nov. 15, 1938.,
Filed March 50, 1938
Patented Nov. 15, 1938
Jeane Pim, Johannesburg, Union of South Africa
Application March 30, 1938, Serial No. 199,028
In Great Britain March 8, 1937
6 Claims. (Cl. 74-564)
The invention relates to a heel support for
automobile drivers.
The object of the invention is to provide a re
silient heel support which may be secured to an
5 automobile ?oor and obviate the inconvenience
at present experienced by lady motorists espe
cially when driving in high heeled shoes, that the
back surface of the shoe heel becomes worn and
the heel itself is bent under the arch of the foot.
The device may take various forms, as will be
evident from the ensuing description of the var
ious modi?ed constructions of the improved heel
support illustrated in the drawing.
Figure 1 shows in perspective one form of the
Figure 2 shows in perspective a slightly modi
?ed form, and
Figures 3, 4, 5 and 6 show in side elevation
shoe I2. In this ?gure, turn-buckles ‘la, ‘Ib are
shown attached to a carpet I6 which covers the
footboard 8.
Referring to Figure 2, which shows a slightly
modi?ed form of the support, it will be seen that ,
the surface of the upper step portion I of the
block accommodates the “counter” or heel-em
bracing portion I3 of the shoe I2, and in this
manner the shoe is protected against abrasion
by grit and other particles which are usually de 10
posited on the ?oor of the automobile. The heel
block I4 of the shoe is accommodated on the
lower step portion 2, and it will be seen that
any tendency for this block to bend towards the
arch I5 of the shoe when a pedal is depressed 15
will be avoided owing to the resilient nature of
the block.
In this form of the heel support, the rear
Similar parts in all the ?gures are denoted by _ surface of the resilient block is vertical.
Figure 3 shows in side elevation an alternative 20
the same numerals.
of the heel support, wherein the riser por
Referring to Figure 1 of the drawing, the heel form
support illustrated in this ?gure consists of a tion 3 between the upper step portion I and the
lower step portion 2 is substantially vertical.
resilient block of rubberized hair, rubber-sponge, With
this construction, any tendency for grit to
25 rubber or like material of the step form shown,
comprising an upper ?at tread portion I, a lower accumulate on the surface 3 is avoided and the
?at tread portion 2 and an intermediate riser counter of the shoe, bearing on the horizontal
portion 3 which is inclined at an angle of about edge portion of the block at the intersections of
45° to the vertical. The rear surface I8 of the the horizontal surface I and the vertical surface
3, is thus protected from abrasion by grit. The
30 block slopes downwardly away from the upper
tread portion I. The block is about 11/2 inches lower edge of the heel block rests on the lower
high at its rear step portion and about 1/2 inch step portion 2 so that the rear surface of the
high at its front step portion, the overall width heel block does not come into contact with the
surface of the block and is thus protected against
of the block being about 10 inches, the step por
abrasion by grit and like particles.
tions I and 2 being each about 3 inches in Width.
Figure 4 shows in side elevation a form of the
The length of the block may be about 11 to 12
some other possible forms of the heel support.
inches, depending upon the distance between the
pedals of the motor car to which it is to be ?tted.
The block is covered on its upper, side and
rear surfaces with a felt fabric,.and at the front
edge, an extension piece 4 of this fabric is pro
vided to form a ?ap. This flap is provided near
to its side edges with pairs of turn-buckle eyelets
5a, 5b and 6a, 6b.“ A pair of turn-buckles or
45 studs ‘Ia, ‘lb is provided on the front footboard 8
of the ?oor of the Vehicle, below the pedals 9,
I0 and I I, so that they may be engaged either
by the endmost pair of turn-buckle eyelets Ba,
Nb, as shown in Figure 1, when the heel support
50 is intended to accommodate the heel of a large
size of shoe such as might be worn by a male
driver, or the pair of turn-buckle eyelets 5a, 5b
,‘as shown in Figure 2, when the heel support is
intended to accommodate the heel of a smaller
55 size of shoe as for example a high-heeled lady's
heel support which is particularly adapted for
use in automobiles of American manufacture,
and in this arrangement the upper surface I‘! of
the block slopes downwardly towards the pedals
from one end of the block to the other. In this
construction, the rear surface I8 of the block
also slopes in order to prevent the driver’s foot
from catching the upper edge I9.
In the constructional form of the heel sup
port as shown in side elevation in Figure 5, the
block is of uniform thickness, and the upper
surface 20 is substantially level.
In the arrangement shown in Figure 6, which
is a combination of the arrangements illustrated
in Figures 3 and 4, the upper surface I is ?at and 50
the rear surface I8 slopes downwardly.
The front surface is stepped, but the lower
stepped portion 2| slopes downwardly towards
the control pedals.
I claim:
1. Heel support for an automobile driver com
prising a block of resilient rubber material, a
detachable cover therefor of washable material,
a flap on said covering, means in said ?ap to se
sure the block to the automobile ?oor.
2. Heel support for an automobile driver com
prising a resilient block, a ?exible cover secured
on the upper and outer surfaces thereof, a flap
extending from the front thereof, pairs of eye
10 lets in said ?ap to engage a pair of studs on the
automobile floor and a non-slip surface on the
underside of the resilient block.
3. A heel support for an automobile driver
comprising a stepped rubberized-hair block, hav
15 ing a sloping riser portion between two tread
portions, a felt cover secured on the upper, rear
and side surfaces of the block, a length of the
felting extending beyond the end of the lower
tread portion at the front thereof and consti
20 tuting a flap, and pairs of eyelets in said flap
arranged serially in parallel relationship to en—
gage alternatively a pair of studs in the auto
mobile floor.
4. Heel support for an automobile driver com
prising a block of resilient material, a cover of
?exible material secured over the upper surface
of said block, said cover extending forwardly at
the front of said block to form a ?ap, and means
for attaching said flap to the ?oor of an auto
5. Heel support for an automobile driver com
prising a stepped resilient block extending trans
versely of the control pedals, and having a slop
ing portion between the stepped portions, and
a flap for locating said block securely on an
automobile floor.
6. Heel support for an automobile driver com
prising a stepped resilient block, a ?ap secured
to the front thereof, and pairs of eyelets in said
flap adapted to engage alternatively with a pair
of studs on the automobile floor.
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