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Nov. 15, 1938., J. PIM 2,136,9$@ ‘ HEEL SUPPORT Filed March 50, 1938 TP/M, Patented Nov. 15, 1938 2,136,980 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,136,980 HEEL SUPPORT 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. 10 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 15 invention. 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. 20 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: 55 2,136,980 2 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 mobile. 5. Heel support for an automobile driver com 10 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 15 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 20 of studs on the automobile floor. JOANE PIM.