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May 15, 1962
J. G. WRIGHT
3,034,130
HEEL ATTACHING MEANS
Filed June '7, 1960
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May 15, 1962
J. G. WRIGHT
3,034,130
HEEL ATTACHING MEANS
Filed June '7, 1960
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INVENTOR.
JOHN G. WRIGHT
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United States Patent 0 ?
3,034,130
John G. Wright, Atlanta, 62., assignor to The Auto-Sole:
(Iompany, a corporation of Georgia
Filed June 7, 1960, Ser. No. 34,530
% Claims. (Cl. 11-635)
Patented May 15, 1962
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HEEL ATTACHING MEANS
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extending therethrough for slidably accommodating driv
ing pins 26 that bottom on the upper end of the previous- ?
ly mentioned post member 13. The nailing head block
22 is normally maintained in spaced relation above the
up er end of the post member 13 by a biasing spring 28
that is seated within a central bore of the post member
is,
in which a stop rod 30 is also disposed in align
This invention relates to apparatus for attaching heels
ment with a threaded central bore in the nailing head
to shoes, and more particularly to an apparatus of this
block 22 having a set screw 32 arranged therein for ad
sort that is arranged for use to exceptional advantage in 10 justment to a predetermined spacing from the upper end
shoe repair operations for attaching ladies? heels to shoes.
of the stop rod 30* so as to limit the extent of downward
Brie?y described, the heel attaching apparatus of the
displacement of the nailing head block 22 and tubular
present invention comprises an upstanding nailing head
that is insertable within an inverted shoe at the heel por
sleeve 2% on the post member 18.
As norma ly positioned by the biasing spring 23, the
tion thereof and dispiaceable downwardly against a yield
able bias for driving attaching fasteners upwardly into a
heel for the shoe. A plunger means is provided for bear
ing downwardly on the heel and inverted shoe to effect
displacement of the nailing head for driving the attaching
fasteners, and provision, is made for transferring the down
ward bearing pressure of the plunger means to the heel
being attached through means that is arranged for con
forming automatically to the contour of the heel; while
the plunger means is arranged for actuation readily at
substantial mechanical advantage in opposition to the
yieldable bias of the nailing head and for additionally
retracting e?ortlessly and rapidly under the recovery force
of this yieldable bias following a fastener driving dis
placement of the nailing head; all ?as described in further
detail below in connection with the accompanying draw
ings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective illustration of heel attaching
means embodying the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a left side elevation corresponding generally
to FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a front elevation corresponding generally to
FIG. 1;
FIG. "4 is an enlarged plan detail of the upper end of
the nailing head shown in FIGS. 1 to 3;
FIG. 5 is an enlarged bottom plan detail of the pressure
foot incorporated in the plunger means of the heel attach
ing apparatus shown in FIGS. 1 to 3;
FIG. 6 is a top plan detail of the heel collar member
provided for transferring the bearing pressure of the
15 nailing head block 22 is spaced above the upper end of
plunger means to a heel being attached as seen in FIG. 2;
rearward shape of a shoe being handled and thereby aid
ing in positioning it on the nailing head for a heel attach
ing operation. Whether the positioning of the shoe is
FIG. 7 is an enlarged perspective View of the rocker
element provided for alternative use in transferring the
bearing pressure of the plunger means to a heel being at
tached; and
FIG. 8 is a fragmentary detail illustrating the alterna
tive use of the FIG. 7 rocker element.
Referring now in detail to the drawings, and more par
ticularly at ?rst to FEGS. l, 2 and 3, the illustrated em
the vertical post member d8 su?iciently so that the driv
ing pins 25 are partially withdrawn by gravity from the
fastener driving passageway-s 24 to allow heel ?attaching
fasteners F to be placed therein above the driving pins
25,
The fastener driving passageways 24 are inclined in
wardly as they extend upwardly through the nailing head
block 22 and the upper end of the post member 18 is
shaped concavely so as to ?allow right angular bearing
thereat of the driving pins 26 as angled by the inclina
25 tion of the fastener driving passageways 24. The arrange
ment of the fastener driving passageways 24 is further il
lustrated in FIG. 4 as having a suitably spaced pattern
in plan for distributing an adequate number of attaching
fasteners F in the range of heel sizes and shapes encoun
tered in ladies? heels, some or all of the fastener driving
passageways 24 used as needed.
The nailing head block 22 is aligned against turning
on the post member 18 by means of an alignment key 34
35 mounted interiorly of the tubular sleeve 20 adjacent its
lower end to ride within an alignment slot 36 formed
therefor in the post member 18. The mounting screws
38 and 49 for securing the alignment key 3'4 on the tubu
lar sleeve 2% are also employed to carry and position, re
40 spectively, a shoe positioning arm 42 that may be pivoted
to ?an active shoe locating position as seen in HG. 2, or
pivoted out of the way as seen in FIG. 3. When the po
sitioning arm 42 is pivoted to its inactive FIG. 3 position,
a stop button element 44 remains at the back of the nail
45 ing head 16 for hearing at the characteristically curved .
done with the positioning arm 42 in active or inactive
position depends upon the relative location at which it is
desired to have the attaching fasteners F inserted by the
nailing head 16.
In order to provide for exerting downward bearing
pressure on a heel H and invented shoe S carried by the
bodiment of the present invention comprises a frame struc 55 nailing head 16 to effect displacement of the nailing head
ture it} that is suitably arranged for fastening at its base
lld for driving the ?attaching fasteners F into the heel H,
a plunger means is carried upwardly on the frame struc
on a work bench, or for mounting on a lower frame work
ture 10 as indicated generally by the reference numeral
such as might be provided to serve as a supply cabinet
46. This plunger means 46 comprises a pressure foot
if desired. The frame structure 10 is also preferably
?tted with a plurality of fastener supply trays 12 so as 60 48 having a shank 50 extending vertically upward there
to provide for maintaining supplies of the several differ
from through a positioning slideway formed in theframe
structure It) at 52. The pressure foot shank 50 has rack
ent types of heel attaching fasteners likely to be needed
conveniently accessible for use.
teeth 54 formed at one side thereof which are engaged
by a pinion shaft 56 journaled adjacently in the frame
The base portion of the frame structure 10 is further
formed with an enlarged boss 14 at which an upstanding 65 structure it) and ?carrying a gear 58 that engages a pinion
nailing head is mounted as indicated generally by the ref
60 carried, with a retaining and shrouding washer 60',
on a shaft 62 that is ?also journaled in the frame structure
erence numeral 16. This nailing head 16 comprises a ver
it} with \a hand wheel 64 ?xed thereon.
tical post member 13 that is ?xed at its lower end in the
frame structure boss 14 and that extends upwardly to have
The hand wheel 64 is of substantial diameter, and is
a tubular sleeve 2d slidably telescoped thereover. At the 70 geared through the pinion 60 gear 58 and pinion shaft
upper end of the tubular sleeve 20, a nailing head block
56 to engage the rack teeth 54 for operating the plunger
22 is ?xed in place with fastener driving passageways 24
means 46 at substantial mechanical advantage in relation
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to the opposing .7 force of the biasing spring 28 that nor
maliy positions ?the nailing head 16. The arrangement
posed in active or inactive position depending upon the
of the hand wheel 64 in this respect also results in pro
? viding a ?ywheel action, following a fastener driving
driven for the particular shape of heel being attached.
After this preliminary positioning, the plunger means 46
displacement of the nailing head 16, by which the re
' covery force of the biasing spring 28 imparts a sufficient
momentum to the hand wheel 64 so that it will be set
to spinning by the spring recovery force to eifect upward
retraction of the plunger means 46 effortlessly and rapid
location at which the attaching fasteners F need to be
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is closed on the heel in place by manual rotation of the
hand wheel 64 to lower the pressure foot 48 until it is
brought to bear on the heel collar 74, or until the rocker
element St) ?nds a bearing disposition at the upwardly
extending end of a heel H?; whereupon the heel attach
ly simply by releasing the hand wheel 64 after the down 10 ing operation may be completed simply by continued
?ward displacement of the nailing head 16 has been com
rotation of the hand wheel 64, which may now be done
pleted.
with both hands because the shoe S or S? ?and heel H or
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- To provide for transferring the bearing pressure of the
plunger means 46 to an inverted heel H and shoe S dis
posed on the nailing head 16 for insertion of heel at
taching fasteners F, the plunger means pressure foot 48
is arranged to extend horizontally at the lower end of the
shank member 5i) with a yoke shaped formation (as seen
best in FIG. 5) having leg portions 66 for straddling the
characteristic contour of a ladies? high heel H in spaced
H? wil be held ?rmly in place as the continued operation
of the plunger means 16 from the hand wheel 64 causes
downward displacement of the nailing head block 22
against the force of the biasing. spring 23, and with suit
able attaching tfasteners R previously placed in the driv-?
ing passageways 24, the driving? pins 26 are forced up
wardly to drive these fasteners F during downward dis
placement of the nailing head block 22.
relation; thepressure foot 48 being further beveled down
This downward driving displacement of the trailing
wardly as indicated at 68 between the leg portions 66
head 16 will continue until the set screw 32 in the nailing
of this yoke shaped formation, and the adjacent side face
of the. shank member 53 being likewise beveled adjacent
head block 22 bottoms on the stop rod 30, the adjustment
of the set screw 32 being such as to allow complete driv
ing and seating of the fasteners F without allowing eX
tension of the driving pins 26 unduly from the nailing
head block 22. Bottoming of the nailing head 16 in the
above described manner will accordingly signal comple
tion of the heel attaching operation, and the hand wheel
its lower end at 7o so as to avoid direct contact with
the heel H by the ?plunger means 46. Additionally, the
lower face of the pressure foot 48 is knurled as indicated
at 72 so as to provide a gripping action against lateral
slippage thereon as the plunger means bearing pressure
is applied.
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30 64 can then be released to allow the recovery force of
In transferring this plunger means bearing pressure to
the biasing spring 28 to actuate the previously described
a ladies? high heel H in which attaching fasteners F are
to be inserted, a heel collar 74 is provided for use in the
manner illustrated in FIG. 2. This heel collar 74, as
?ywheel action of the hand Wheel 64 so as to retract the
plunger means 46 for removal of the shoe S or S? with
the heel H or H? attached thereto, and to leave the ap
paratus in readiness for commencement of a succeeding
illustrated further in FIG. 6, is rectangular in outline with
proportions suiting it to have the pressure foot 48 bear
thereon, and is centrally apertured at '76 for seating on
the heel H intermediate the inverted length thereof and
at a horizontal position leveled by bearing of the pres
sure foot? 48 thereon. For this purpose, the aperture
'76 in the heel co1l-ar'74 is specially shaped to ?t the
contour of the heel H towards the larger attaching end
thereof and is suitably ?tted with a protective covering
layer of felt or the like as indicated at 78 so as to avoid
marring the heel H being attached by direct contact with
the collar 74, which must be formed of a material having
adequate structural strength, suitably cast aluminum, for
performing its bearing pressure transfer function.
heel attaching operation in the same way.
The present invention has been described in detail
above for purposes of illustration only and is not in?
tended to be limited by this description or otherwise ex
cept as de?ned in the appended claims.
I claim:
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1. Heel attaching means comprising an upstanding nail
ing head insertable within an inverted shoe at the heel
portion thereof and displaceable downwardly against a
yieldable bias for driving attaching fasteners upwardly into
a heel for said shoe, and plunger means for hearing down
wardly on said heel and inverted shoe to effect displace
ment of said nailing head for driving said attaching fasten
Alternatively, when ladies? low heels H? are to be dealt
ers, said plunger means comprising a pressure foot, a
with, a rocker element 80 is employed according to the
present invention for applying the plunger means bearing
shank extending upwardly from said pressure foot through
pressure as illustrated by FIGS. 7 and 8. The rocker
element 80 provided for this purpose comprises a block
member ?tted with a pivotal wire bale 82 by which it
'may be hung on the extending leg portion 66 of the
plunger means pressure foot 48 with an arcuate shape
at 84 opposed to the bearing face of the pressure foot .
48 and a lower plane surface 86 opposed to the extending
end of the heel H? so as to conform automatically to the
disposition of the heel H? in applying the plunger means
bearing pressure at the end thereof 'as shown in FIG. 8.
In operation, when arheel H or H? is to be attached
to a shoe S 'or S?, the heel is ?rst positioned properly in
relation to the shoe, preferably by being cemented in
itially in place, and then the shoe is placed on the nailing
head 16 in inverted relation with the heel extending up
wardly therefrom. ?If a ladies? high heel H is being dealt
with, a heel collar 74 is placed thereon and properly
a positioning slideway and having a rack formed at one
side thereof, and a handwheel geared for operating said
plunger means through said rack with substantial mechani
cal advantage in opposing the yieldable bias of said nail
ing head and resulting in rapid retraction of said plunger
means by ?ywheel action of said handwheel under the
force of said yieldable bias following a fastener driving
displacement of said nailing head.
2. Heel attaching means as de?ned in claim 1 and fur
ther characterized in that means is interposed between
said pressure foot and said heel for conforming automati
cally to the contour of?said heel in transferring the bearing
pressure of said plunger means thereto.
3. Heel attaching means as de?ned in claim 2 and fur
ther characterized in that said interposed means com
prises a rocker element having an arcuate shape opposed
to the bearing face of said pressure foot and a plane sur
face opposed to the extending end of said heel for seating
thereat, said rocker element incorporating means by which
seated as this is done. 0n the other hand, if it is a ladies?
low heel H? that is to be attached, a rocker element 80 70 it may be hung freely from said pressure foot for ?nding
a proper seating at said heel end as said plunger means is
is hung on the plunger means pressure foot 48. In plac
moved to commence said nailing head displacement.
ing the shoe S or S? on the nailing head 16 the inner
4. Heel attaching means as de?ned in claim 2 and fur?
surface of the shoe at the heel portion thereof is posi
ther characterized in that said interposed means corn
tioned to ?bear squarely and ?rmly at the upper face of
prises a collar member apertured for seating on said heel
the nailing head 16, with the positioning arm 42 dis
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intermediate the length thereof and at a horizontal posi
tion leveled by hearing of said pressure foot thereon.
5. Heel attaching means as de?ned in claim 1 and fur
ther characterized in that said pressure foot extends hori
zontally with a yoke shaped formation for straddling said
heel in spaced relation, and a collar member is provided
with an aperture shaped for seating on said heel interme
diate the length thereof and at a horizontal position leveled
by bearing of said pressure foot thereon.
8. Means for applying pressure to a ladies? high heel
during attachment of said heel to a shoe, saidmeans com
prising a member arranged for supporting said shoe inte
riorly at the heel portion thereof with the shoe inverted
and said heel extending upwardly therefrom, a horizon
tally disposed pressure foot having a yoke-shaped forma
tion for straddling said heel in spaced relation, and a col
lar member apertured for seating on said heel inter-medi
ate the length thereof and for assuming a horizontal dis
6. Heel attaching means comprising a frame structure, 10 position as said pressure foot is brought to bear thereon.
an upstanding nailing head mounted on said frame struc
ture, said nailing head being insertable within an inverted
shoe at the heel portion thereof and displaceable down
wardly against a yieldable bias for driving attaching fasten
9. Means for applying pressure to a ladies? low heel
during attachment of said heel to a shoe, said means com
prising a member arranged for supporting said shoe in
teriorly at the heel portion thereof ?with the shoe inverted
ers upwardly into a heel for said shoe, and plunger means 15 and said heel extending upwardly therefrom, a horizon
carried on said frame structure for bearing downwardly
tally disposed pressure foot for exerting downward pres
on said heel and inverted shoe to effect displacement of
sure in relation to said support member, and a rocker ele
said nailing head for driving said attaching fasteners, said
ment having an arcuate shape opposedtto the bearing
plunger means comprising a pressure foot, a shank ex
face of said pressure foot and a plane surface opposed to
tending upwardly from said pressure foot through a posi 20 the extending end of said heel for seating thereat, said
tioning slideway in said frame structure and having a rack
rocker element incorporating means by which it may be
formed at one side thereof, and a handwheel journaled
hung freely from said pressure foot for ?nding a proper
on said frame structure and geared for operating said
plunger means through said rack with substantial me
chanical advantage in opposing the yieldable bias of said
nailing head and resulting in rapid retraction of said
plunger means by ?ywheel action of said handwheel under
seating at said heel end as said pressure foot is moved to
commence exerting said downward pressure.
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the force of said yieldable bias following a fastener driv
ing displacement of said nailing head.
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1,947,666
2,135,656
2,144,143
2,881,439
7. Means for applying pressure to a ladies? high heel 30
during attachment of said heel to a shoe, said means com
prising a collar member apertured for seating on said
heel intermediate the length thereof when inverted and
for assuming a horizontal disposition in response to pres
sure applied at the top surface of said collar member.
35 377/1872
Thum ______________ __ Feb. 20,
Brandt ______________ __ Nov. 8,
Cool ________________ .__ Jan. 17,
Dell ________________ __ Apr. 14,
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