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Sept.‘ 10, 1946.
Filed Oct. 6, 1945
Patented Sept. 10, 1946
2,407,556 *
ICE“ '
Samuel L. Kleven, Augusta, Maine
Application October 6, 1945, Serial No. 620,769
2 Claims.
(Cl. 36-12)
This invention relates to shoes, and has for its
main object to produce an attractive and service
able shoe at extremely low cost. Other objects
and advantages will appear as this description
In carrying out my invention, I prefer to pro
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a shoe in ac
cordance with my invention.
Figure 2 is a section on the line 2—2 of Fig. 1.
Figures 3 and 4 are detail views of the upper
structure and sole element respectively, before
I have indicated at H] a sole element, which
may be an insole, a midsole, or a platform sole,
I provide the marginal edge of the upper struc
and at H an upper structure. The elements I0
ture of my shoe with a plurality of spaced down
wardly extending prongs, and provide the sole 10 and H are bothconventional insofar as design
ceed as follows:
element of my shoe, which may be an insole, a
and materials are concerned, but are character
ized in that the sole element is provided adjacent
its margin with a'plurality of spaced slots I2 of
spaced marginal slots alignable with said prongs.
substantial length and the marginal edge of the
The upper structure is' assembled to the sole ele
ment by threading said prongs through said slots 15 upper structure is provided with a plurality of
spaced depending prongs 13 of substantial length
and then bending the free ends of the prongs up
alignable with said slots.
wardly around the marginal edge of the sole ele
"In assembling the upper structure to the sole
ment and back against the outer surface of the
element, the prongs l3 are passed downwardly
upper structure above said sole element where
they are fastened to the upper structure in any 20 through said slots and then bent upwardly as
midsole, or a platform sole, with a plurality of
at M over the marginal edge of the sole element
and back against the outer‘ surface of the upper
structure above said sole element to establish a
This bending action reverses the prongs upon
prongs are colored differently from the material 25
themselves, that is to say, their inner faces‘ are
of the upper structure, or are of different mate
now exposed externally of the shoe. Such ex
rial, such trim strikingly contrasts with the re
posed faces may be left uncolored or may be
mainder of the shoe and produces an attractive
colored either to correspond to the color of the
and pleasing effect upon the eye of the beholder.
upper or. to more strikingly contrast therewith.
Preferably, I attach the free ends of the prongs
The free ends of the upturned prongs may be
to the exterior surface of the upper structure by
fastened to the adjacent external portions of the
lacing the same thereto, in which case the prongs
upper structure in any desired manner, as by ce
and upper structure are pre-perforated at the
menting, stitching, or lacing.
suitable manner, as by cementing, stitching, or
lacing. So fastened, the free ends of the prongs
establish an ornamental trim around the margin
of the shoe, and Where the exposed faces of said
proper points to receive the lacing or lacing ele- _
The free ends of the lacing 0r lacings
may be fastened off in any desired manner, as by
adhering them to the "under face of the sole ele
ment, after which any suitable outsole may be
conventional 40
I prefer to lace them to the upper structure,
and in order to accommodate the lacing or lac
ings L, I pre-perforate the upper structure as
at l5 and the prongs as at 16 with alined perfora
Depending upon the type of shoe, the lacing
may be a continuous length or may consist of
If the shoe is of the open-toe, open back type,
two distinct lengths of cord, braid, or other suit
the upper face of the insole at the open portions
material. The free ends of the lacing or
of the shoe may be faced with materials of the
lacings may be fastened off in any suitable man
same or contrasting color to that of the upper 45
ner, as by carrying the 'same through holes I5’
the insole and cementing them to the bottom
As a result of this construction, my shoe may
surface of the sole element.
be economically manufactured by relatively un
In the illustrated shoe, I have completed the
skilled labor and with the minimum of expensive
shoe-making machinery. The resultant shoe is 50 shoe by assembling thereto a platform sole l8
and an outsole 11, both of which may be con
very attractive in appearance, quite comfortable,
ventionally attached in any preferred manner,
and has excellent wearing qualities.
as by cementing.
In the accompanying drawing wherein I have
Various modi?cations in design, materials, and
illustrated a preferred embodiment of my inven
55 methods may obviously be resorted to within the
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spirit and scope of my invention as de?ned by
the'appended claims.
I claim:
1. A shoe, comprising an upper structure con
tinuous‘ along its lower margin throughout its
vamp and instep regions and a sole element, said
upper structure having a plurality of spaced down
wardly extending prongs integral therewith, each
prong being provided with a perforation match
extending downwardly through said slots and out
wardly and upwardly over the edge of said ‘sole
element, and a lacing passing through the per- '7
forations of the upper structure and prongs to
secure them together and bridging the gaps be
tween the prongs externally of the upper struc
2. The shoe of claim 1 wherein the ends of
the lacing pass downwardly through holes in the
ing a perforation in the upper structure, said sole 10 sole element and are secured to the under surface
element having a plurality of spaced marginal
slots alined with said prongs and said prongs‘
" SAM’L L.
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