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Oct; 29, 1946.7
2,410,154
G. H. DE LONG ETAL
'1 SHiOE CONDITIONER
Filed Nov. 50, 1945
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BY
A TToRyEr "
2,410,154
Patented Oct. 29, 1946
UNITED STATES _ PATENT. OFFICE.
snon CONDITIONER
George H. De' Long andtBIa'irJDreiSbach;
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Allentown; Pa.
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ApplicationNovember 30, 1945, Serial No. 631,905
64 Claims. (Cl.’1‘2—128)
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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.
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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.
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gaging the. hook over the ?ange as shown in
Fig. 2 so as to secure the conditioner snugly
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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.
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The lower :part vof each wing. proximate ‘ its
40 juncture with sole. l is substantially the width
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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;
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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 .
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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that whenever ‘?ange 9 is disengaged from hook
8 the Wings spring apart through their natural
United States:
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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,
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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.
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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
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intermediate portion inwardly directed and its
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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
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.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.
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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.
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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.
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