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Oct; 29, 1946.7 2,410,154 G. H. DE LONG ETAL '1 SHiOE CONDITIONER Filed Nov. 50, 1945 // BY A TToRyEr " 2,410,154 Patented Oct. 29, 1946 UNITED STATES _ PATENT. OFFICE. snon CONDITIONER George H. De' Long andtBIa'irJDreiSbach; . Allentown; Pa. ' ApplicationNovember 30, 1945, Serial No. 631,905 64 Claims. (Cl.’1‘2—128) 2 1 acteristicsv by ?rst cutting or stamping it’out to the proper outline from the ?at sheet and- then suitably forming it up tov'its ultimate 1'shape. Low shoes, more particularly women’s pumps and OXfOI‘dS, tend when being worn to‘ bulge, or gape along the. upper edges of the sides between the heel and the vamp and in consequence ulti When‘ so formed up it comprises a substantially rectangular sole I of su?icient-l'ength‘ to ‘span. mately take a permanent outward bulge which renders them unsightlyaswell as uncomfortable the shoe sole proximate‘ the front face of the and enhances "the tendency to slip at. the heel. heel, and wings 2,' 3 rising from» the ‘opposite ends thereof; for convenience ofld'es‘cription the Ordinary shoe. trees inserted in .the shoes when not in use are not effective tobring the sides device will herein be referred to as if positioned :back to their original condition, and it is there 10 with the sole I substantially horizontalland'the edges a and b respectively constituting its'T front fore a. principal object. of. our inventionto pro vide means for overcoming this bulging or gaping in a convenient and effectiveway through the Each wing from- its point‘ of junction‘ with the provision of. a novel. device which when applied sole extends angul'arly outward fora short dis'-” to the shoe after wearing. is. operativetowturn 15 tance, thence angularly inward for approximately and rear boundaries. ~ 7 H _ a ‘ twice ‘the length of the outwardly directed v‘por the bulged-out sides to their originalcondition and. maintain them therein until any. temporary “set” is eliminated: andtheshoeagain substan tially conforms. to its-shape whennew. . A further ‘object. of the-inventionis thepro 20 distance substantially" normal to the plane of s'ole I. Each‘ wing thus comprises a lowerportion 4, vision of means. of the. character aforesaidlwhich are. of extremely simple construction. andcan tion 6, and in the form of the invention now being described the upper extremity of one wing, tion, and thence vertically upward for a vshort an» intermediate. portion 5 and a terminal por for example 2, is extended and then‘turne‘d' sub stantially parallel to‘ the sole as at. ‘I and bent which. tend to narrow the normal; width of the 25 over and under at its free edge to forma hook 8, while the free extremity of the other‘ wing; is opening_ proximate. the,v heel and‘ thereby con turned outwardly to provide a narrow'?ange 9 stantly assure: a snug fit. at that point which is engageable in said hook. whereby" the two wings of particular advantage in cases in. Which-[the after being su?iciently manually pressed toward wearer’s heel is more slender than usual; which are of sightly appearance-when associated. with 30 each other in opposition to their natural tendency to spring apart may be locked together by en the shoe and. are eminently satisfactory for their be:app1ied tojfthes-hoe with. a. minimum of time and. e?‘ort and as. readily .removed ; therefrom; intendedv purpose. ' ‘ » gaging the. hook over the ?ange as shown in Fig. 2 so as to secure the conditioner snugly e Other. objects, advantages and novelfeatures of design, construction andarrangement compre ».hended by the inventionare. hereinafter more particularly pointed out or will be; apparent. to . those skilled in the art from: th'eqfollowing de scription of certain. embodiments of the inven tion asillustrated in the. accompanying. drawing, in which: aboutthe. body ‘of the shoe with the sole l'v resting against. the shoe. sole slightly i'n‘advance of the front face of the heel and the ‘wings. especially in their upper portions, exertingoppositely in wardly directed pressure'on-itssides. ' . The lower :part vof each wing. proximate ‘ its 40 juncture with sole. l is substantially the width 7 Fig. 1. is a perspective. View of a preferred form of our shoe conditioner as it appears. when in open position preparatory. to application to a shoe; on U! ~ ~ Fig. 2 is- a perspective View of a conventional woman’s pump withour shoe conditioner. in oper of the latter but at about the point at which the wing commences to incline inwardly'its edges begin to diverge, the. front edge 0 being carried upwardly and rearwardly in a somewhat steeper curve than the rear edge d with theresult that the upperextremity of the front edge of each wing lies a little behind the rear edge of the ative positionthereomand . . sole and the. upper extremity of .its rear edge Fig.3, generally corresponding to Fig. 1, is a lies a material distance behind it whereby the perspective view of a modi?ed form of the in 50 upper parts‘ of the'wings are rearwardly o?s'et ‘ with respect to sole l and whenthe conditioner Referring ?rst to Figs. 1 and .2, it will be‘ ap is in operative position on the shoe the rear'edges parent the‘ device“ therein shown is preferably of the wings are quite closely adjacent the rear made from a'single piece of suitable resilient sheet material such as metal or‘plasticv composition or ends of its sides ‘from which point they extend other ‘material of generally corresponding ' chars 56 ibl‘wal'dly along and down the sides ‘for a rel vention. , » I ' 2,410,154. 3 4 atively considerable distance, again as shown in wings snugly against the sides of the shoe in the Fig. 2. same relative position as in Fig. 2. It will now be apparent that our invention provides a simple yet efficient means of negativing In consequence the inward pressure ex erted on the sides by the wings is distributed for a relatively considerable distance from a point a little in front of the apex of the heel and thus in the area where the gaping tendency the tendency of women’s pumps, oxfords and? other types of shoes to assume a permanent: bulged or gaped condition through progressive: displacement of their sides when theysare in use,. whereby through its employment the'shoes may’ be caused to maintain their original trim and atj ‘tractive appearance substantially throughout: is most greatly concentrated whereby the eifec tivenessof the device in restoring the shoe to its original contour is materially enhanced. Therefore, we regard the particular conformation 10 of the wings in their upper portions as an im'-_ portant feature of the invention since, as stated, . their life, while continued use of the conditioner the said pressure is thereby exerted and dis tributed principally in the zone or area which suffers the greatest deformation when the shoe is in use. - Moreover, to enhance the capacity of the de vice to properly position the sides of the shoe and insure their narrowing toward the heel, part ‘I carrying hook 8 is preferably tapered rear wardly to substantially conform in planary out line to a narrow symmetrical‘ trapezoid, whereby when the device is in operative position the up per parts of the wings are 'held in closer proxim- ‘ is additionally e?ective to gradually permanently‘ snug in the sides of the shoe adjacent the heel and thereby decrease any tendency to slip which: the shoe may have originally possessed, so that. frequently an improved ?t is ultimately obtained‘: especially in the case of persons Whose heels are abnormally slender. Moreover because of its; simple character, the invention can be sold at a. relatively low price so that anjindividual owning several pairs of shoes can readily purchase: a suf?cient number to constantly keep all of them: in condition. y _ ' ity at their rear than at their forward edges 25' While we have herein illustrated and described‘ certain forms of our invention with considerable and the upper parts of the shoe sides proximate particularity we do. not thereby desire or intend. its heel are thus brought quite closely adjacent to restrict or con?ne ourselves specifically thereand'from this point then can slightly diverge to as if desired changes and modi?cations may forwardly between the wings in accordance with _ bevmade in their details o-fdesign, construction the original conformation of the shoe. and arrangement without departing‘ from the: It is believed from the foregoing that the method of attachment-and operation of the de 'vice will-be readily understood without extended spirit and scope of the invention as de?ned in: the appended claims. Having thus described our invention, we claim description, but in brief it may be pointed out and ‘desire to protect by Letters Patent of the 35 that whenever ‘?ange 9 is disengaged from hook 8 the Wings spring apart through their natural United States: , v Y 1. A device of the class ‘described formed of resilient material and comprising a sole portion adapted to register with and span the sole‘ of a. ‘brought relatively close to its heel. The wings 40 shoe proximate the front face of its heel, wings rising from the ends of the sole portion having are then pressed oppositely‘ inward against the resiliency and the device thus assumes substan tially the position of Fig. 1 in which it may be .readilyrslipped over the shoe until the sole i is sides of the shoe until the hook can be reengaged over the ?ange, thus locating the device in op erative positionas shown in Fig. 2 in which it preferably is allowed to remain until it be de sired to again wear the shoe when it can be as readily detached therefrom. . For best results it - is desirable the device he, placed on the shoe im .mediately after the latter. has been in use for ‘the material of which itis made is then warm, soft and pliable so it can be readily returned by .the operation of the device to its original shape . in which it then gradually cools and dries.‘ More ,,over, the device may be used in combination with .an. ordinary, shoe. tree if desired provided, of course,‘ the tree is not of the kind to interfere with its application; the trees comprising sepa rate toe and heel pieces connected by; a metal spring and customarily used in women’s shoes are upwardly diverging and rearwardly curving edges whereby the extremities of the wings are 'wider than and located rearwardly of the rear edge of the sole portion, and means operable to hold said extremities in predetermined spaced relation. 2. Adevice of the class described formed of resilient material and, comprising a sole portion adapted to register with and span the, sole of a I shoe proximate the front face of its heel, wings rising from the ends of the sole portion having upwardly diverging and rearwardly curving edges whereby the extremities of the wings are wider than and located rearwardlyrof the rear edge of the sole portion, and means operable tohold said extremities in predetermined spaced relation with ‘their, frontjedges laterally separatedrfora greater distance than their rear edges, , 3.‘ A device of the class described formed of not of this character and so are well adapted 60 resilient material and comprising a substantially rectangular sole portion adapted to engage and for the purpose. . span the sole of a shoe proximate the front face , In Fig.3 is shown a slightly modi?ed form of of its heel, a wing rising from each end of the , the inventionyin which both wings are provided at theirupper extremities with outturned flanges Ill of generally‘similar character to flange Sal; ready described and which are adaptedto coop sole having its lower portion outwardly directed, its intermediate portion inwardly directed, and its upper portion substantially normal to the sole, and means operable to hold said upper portions 'in spaced relation against the natural, outward hob-ks l2 at its lateral edges and, like part 1, ap bias of the Wings. 7 ., proximating in planary outline a symmetrical 4. ,Ardevice of the class described formed of .trapezoid. Thus after the shoe'is slipped be 70 resilient material and comprising a substantially ; tween the wingportions, the sole i brought to rectangular sole portion adapted-to engage and -;proper relation with the heel of the shoe and span the sole of a shoe proximatethe front face , the wings inwardly compressed, the slide may be , erate with a rearwardly tapered sli-de H having - pushed ‘forward along ?anges Hi to respectively‘: engage them with hooks i2 and thereby hold the of its heel, a wing rising from eachend of the sole , having its lower portion outwardly‘directed, its 2,410,154 2: intermediate portion inwardly directed and its 24/ upper portion substantially normal to the sole, and means operable to hold said upper portions in spaced relation against the natural outward bias of the wings, including a ?ange on the ex tremity of one wing and a rearwardly tapering portion on the extremity of the other wing com prising a hook at its free edge adapted to receive 6 .tion and turned over and under at its free edge to provide a hook, and an outwardly directed ?ange on the other wing adapted for reception in said hook. ' ' 6. A unitary device of the class described formed of resilient sheet material and comprising a substantially rectangular sole portion adapted to engage and span the sole of a shoe in proximity to the front face of its heel, a Wing rising from 5. A unitary device of the class described 10 each end of the sole portion having an outwardly inclined portion proximate thereto, an inwardly formed of resilient sheet material and compris inclined intermediate portion thereabove ‘and a ing a substantially rectangular sole portion terminal portion substantially normal to the sole adapted to engage and span the sole of a shoe portion, the front and rear edges of the interme in proximity to the front face of its heel, a wing diate portion diverging upwardly and rearwardly rising from each end of the sole portion having whereby the free extremities of the wings are an outwardly inclined portion proximate thereto, 'rearwardly offset from and of greater width than an inwardly inclined intermediate portion there said sole portion, each wing having an outwardly above and a terminal portion substantially nor directed ?ange at its free extremity, and a slide mal to the sole portion, the front and rear edges the ?ange. I of the intermediate portion diverging upwardly 20 generally trapezoidal in planary outline compris ing inturned hooks at its lateral edges adapted and rearwardly whereby the free extremities of the wings are rearwardly offset -from and of greater width than said sole portion, and means to receive said ?anges when the slide is moved thereover to thereby hold the terminal portions of the wings in oppositely rearwardly inclined operable to hold said extremities in predeter mined laterally spaced rearwardly inclined rela 25 laterally spaced relation. tion against their inherent outward bias compris ing a trapezoidal portion on one wing extending inwardly substantially parallel to said sole por GEORGE H. DE LONG. BLAIR DREISBACH.