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May 15, ‘1962
E. MASSENZ
3,034,233
BRACE FOR LADIES’ HEELS
Filed March 6, 1961
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and other types of ?oor coverings. Also, these rigid
3,034,233
lifts tend to develop sharp edges which cause stockings
and other garments to be torn when they come into con
tact with the lifts. Because of. these disadvantages, the
users often desire to replace the rigid lifts with lifts of
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BRACE FOR LADIES’ HEELS
Enrico Massenz, 805 12th St, Union City, NJ.
Filed Mar. 6, 1961, Ser. No. 93,637
4 Claims. (Cl. 36-34)
relatively deformable material, such as leather or rubber;
However, it is almost impossible to fasten a rubber or
leather lift to the bottom end of the heel because of its
small area and because of the absence of a‘ ?atbearing
This invention relates to shoe construction, and more
particularly to-reinforcing means for the heels of ladies.’
shoes, of the type wherein a' lift is employed with the
heel.
10 surface for the lift.
shoes, said construction involving very simple compo
nents, greatly increasing the durability of the heels, and
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A prime purpose of the present invention is to- over“
come the above difficulties by providing a positive protec
tive covering for the vulnerable portion of the» heel as
A main object of the‘ invention is to provide a novel
and improved reinforced heel construction for ladies’
well as rigidifying same, and by providing a» ?at, highly
enabling lifts to be readily attached to the heels.
A further object of the invention is to provide an im
15 durable bearing surface against which the lift can be
proved reinforcing brace for ladies’ heels, particularly,
from the bottom of the heel. Furthermore, the present
for relatively thin heels, said brace being easy to install,
protecting the heel against breaking or splitting, and pro
invention provides a means whereby a lift of relatively
being inconspicuous in appearance, and not interfering
extend upwardly through the lift into the‘ bottomie‘nd of
the heel through an aperture‘ 14 provided in'the base por
tion 15 of a generally L-shaped metal brace member 16,
said base portion being interposed between the lift and
the bottom end of the heel.
The brace member 16 is formed with the upstanding
leg 17, which is of substantial height and which is en‘
secured, so that the lift will not tend to rock or tilt away
deformable material may be reliably secured to the bot?
viding a reliable and ?rm bearing surface for the se 20 tom end of a relatively thin heel.
Referring to the drawings, and more particularly to
curement of a lift to the heel, as well as protecting the
FIGURES 1, 2 and 3, a typical heel of the elongated
heel against subsequent damage when the lift is accidental
thin type now currently in vogue is shown in dotted view
ly pulled away from the heel without the wearer’s knowl
at 11. Designated at‘ 12 is a lift, which may be-of rela
edge.
A still further object of the invention is to provide an
tively deformable material, such as leather or rubber.
The lift 12 is secured to the bottom end of the heel 11
improved reinforcing means for the heel of a ladies’
by means of a plurality of small spaced nails 13 which
shoe, said reinforcing means being relatively inexpensive,
with the attachment of a conventional lift to the bottom
of the heel, while at the same time serving to guard the
heel against breaking or splitting, particularly, when the
lift is accidentaly detached from the heel.
A still further object of the invention is to provide an
improved reinforcing and protective brace for a ladies?
heel, said brace being especially useful with heels of the
relatively thin type which are ordinarily easily broken or
damaged.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will
become apparent from the following description and
claims, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein: ‘
FIGURE 1 is a dotted perspective view of a ladies’
heel construction showing the manner in which an im
' gaged against the inside front surface- 18 of the heel,
being secured thereto by a small nail 19 driven through
an aperture 26 provided in the upper portion’ of the leg
17. A vertical stiffening corrugation 21 is formed in
the lower central portion of leg 17 to rigidity same.
The base portion 15 is shaped to conform generally
with the shape of the bottom tip of the heel and is pro
vided with an upstanding generally-triangul‘ar'peripheral
?ange 22 opposite the leg 17 to engagearound the rear
proved brace device according to the present invention is
edge portion of the heel tip.
installed between the main body portion of the heel and
Base portion 15 is substantially ?at so as to provide
the associated lift, the brace device and the lift being 45
a ?rm and positive flat bearing surface for the lift 12’,
shown in full lines.
which is held tightly against said base portion byithe
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged perspective view of a brace
fastening nails 13 passing through the aperture 14, as
device such as is employed in FIGURE 1.
above described.
FIGURE 3 is a transverse vertical cross-sectional view
Since the leg 17 is located adjacent the inside surface
taken centrally through the brace device of FIGURE 2. 50
18 of the heel, it is practically unnotice’able, yet provides
FIGURE 4 is a dotted‘ perspective view of another
an efficient reinforcing effect and protects the heel against
ladies’ heel construction employing a modi?ed form of
damage in the event of‘ loss of the lift 12. Furthermore;
brace device according to the present invention, the brace
it makes it very easy to replace the lift, since it provides
device and the associated lift being shown in full line
55 a rigid bearing surface against which the lift may be
view.
secured.
FIGURE 5 is an enlarged perspective view of the brace
Obviously, the brace member may be made in various
device employed in FIGURE 4.
shapes, in accordance with the different shapes of heels
FIGURE 6 is a transverse vertical cross-sectional view
taken centrally through the brace device of FIGURE 5. 60 to be reinforced. FIGURES 4, S and 6 illustrate the
The current styles of thin elongated heels give rise ,
to considerable difficulty from splitting and breakage be
cause of the inherent fragility of such heels and because
use of a metal brace member 16’ constructed in ac
cordance with the present invention, applied to a heel 11’
of the low type.
The brace member 16' comprises the flat base portion
of the difficulty of ?tting satisfactory lifts to the heels and
15' shaped to conform with the shape of the bottom end
retaining the litfs. The lifts are frequently lost, expos
of the low heel l1’ and formed with the aperture 14'
ing the bottom ends of the heels to abrasion and break
through which the spaced lift-securing nails 13’ pass.
age, particularly since the bottom ends of the heels are
As in the previously described form of the invention, the
of very small area. Thus, the heels are frequently split
lift, shown at 12’, is fastened beneath the base portion
or broken after only a few wearings. Furthermore, with
heels of this type, the lifts originally furnished are of 70 15’ with the upstanding leg 17 ' of the brace member dis
posed adjacent the inside surface 18' of the low heel.
relatively rigid material, such as metal or hard plastic,
An aperture 20’ may be provided in the upper portion of
and are relatively noisy, as well as damaging to linoleums
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leg 17’ through which a fastening nail 19' may be driven.
Alternatively, the fastening nail 19’, may be omitted and
surface of the heel body, said base portion being formed
with an aperture, a lift disposed beneath said base por
the lift-fastening nails 13' may be relied upon for secure
ing the assembly.
a
tion, a plurality of spaced fastening nails extending up
wardly through said lift and through said aperture in said
base portion and engaged in the heel body, whereby to
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As in the previously described form of the invention,
the base portion 15" is provided opposite the upstanding
leg 17' with a generally triangular peripheral ?ange 22'
secure the lift against said base portion, and an upstand-'
ing peripheral ?ange on said base portion opposite said
which extends around and protectively covers the rear
upstanding leg and extending around the rear corner por
portion of the bottom end of the heel 11'.
tion of said bottom end, said base portion and peripheral
It will be noted that in both of the speci?c embodi 10 ?ange conforming with the shape of said bottom end. ,
ments of the heel brace-above described, the upstanding
3. In a heel construction, a main depending heel body
forwardly facing reinforcing leg'17 or 17' may be suit
terminating in a bottom end, a generally L-shaped sheet
a'bly contoured at its lateral side edges to conform with
metal brace member having a ?at base portion dis
the contour of the adjacent sides of the heel, but at its
posed subjacent said bottom end and having’ an upstand
bottom, the reinforcing leg is substantially coextensive in 15 ing rigid'leg of substantial height disposed adjacent the
width with the bottom front corner of the heel so as
front inner surface of the heel body, the upper portion of
to substantially completely cover and protect said bottom
said leg being formed with an aperture, said base portion
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being formed with an aperture, a lift disposed beneath
The brace member 17 or 17’ is preferably made of
said base portion, a plurality of spaced fastening nails ex
relatively thin sheet metal of sufficient hardness to resist 20 tending upwardly through said lift and through said aper
deformation or abrasion, and may be suitably colored or
ture in said base portion and engaged in the heel body,
v dyed to match the color of the heel with which it is used.
whereby to secure the lift against said base portion, an
A brace member according to the present invention
upstanding peripheral ?ange on said base portion op
front corner.
may also be used as a cleat without a lift, in which case,
posite said upstanding leg and extending around the rear
the large aperture '14 or 14' is omitted, and in its place 25 corner portion of said bottom end, said base portion and
three small holes are provided for nails, whereby the
peripheral ?ange conforming with the shape of said bot
brace member can be al?xed to the heel and used merely
tom end, and additional fastening means extending
as a cleat without the attachment of a lift thereto.
vthrough said aperture in the upstanding leg and engaged
While certain speci?c embodiments of an improved
reinforced ladies’ heel construction have been disclosed in
in the heel body.
the foregoing description, it will be understood that
various modi?cations within the spirit of the invention
erally L-shaped sheet metal body having a ?at base por
tion formed with an aperture large enough to receive a
may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore it is in
tended that no limitations be placed on the invention
plurality of spaced fastening nails and having a rigid
upstanding leg of substantial height, said leg being aper~
4. A heel brace for ladies’ heels comprising a gen
except as de?ned by the scope of the appended claims. 35 tured at its upper portion to receive a fastening nail,
What is claimed is:
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1. In a heel construction, a main depending heel body
terminating in a bottomend, a generally L-shaped sheet
said base portion being sbapedto engage beneath the
end of a heel and said upstanding leg being shaped to
engage against the front inside surface of the heel,
and an upstanding peripheral ?ange on said base por
metal brace member having a ?at base portion dis
posed subjacent said bottom end and having a rigid up-v 40 tion, opposite said upstanding leg and being adapted to
standingleg of substantial height disposed adjacent the
extend around the rear corner portion of the bottom of
front inner surface of the heel body, a lift disposed be
the heel.
neath'said base portion, fastening means extending up
wardly through said lift and base portion and engaged
in the heel body, whereby to secure the lift against said 45
?at base portion, additional fastening means extending
through the upper portion of said leg into said heel body,
and an upstanding peripheral ?ange on said base portion
opposite said upstanding leg and extending around the
rear ‘corner portion of said bottom end, said base por 50'
UNITED . STATES. PATENTS
1,402,671
1,540,980
1,646,475
1,680,374
metal brace member having a flat base portion disposed 55,
su-bjacent said bottom end and having an upstanding rigid
leg of substantial height disposed adjacent the front inner
Siginotf _______________ __ Jan. 3,
Crasilneck ____________ -_ June 9,
Crasilneck ____________ __ Oct. 25,
Gilowitz _____________ __ Aug. 14,
1922
1925
1927
1928
FOREIGN PATENTS
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2. In a heel construction, a main depending heel body
terminating in a bottom end, a generally L-shaped sheet
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