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May .22, 1962
P. T. VALENTI
3,035,357
HIGH HEEL PROTECTOR AND REPAIR DEVICE
Filed Oct. 10, 1958‘
INVENTOR.
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United States Patent 0
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3,035 357
HIGH HEEL PROTECTO? AND REPAIR DEVICE
Pasquale Thomas Valenti, Yonkers, N.Y., assignor t0
Tangie Products, Inc., Yonkers, N.Y., a corporation
of New York
Filed Oct. 10, 1958, Ser. No. 766,5§9
5 Claims. (Cl. 36-1)
3,035,357
Patented‘ May 22, 1962
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broken heel of the lady’s shoe repaired by use of the pres
ent invention; and
FIG. 5 is a cross sectional plan view taken along line
5-—5 of FIG. 1.
Referring now to FIGURE 1, the high heel protecting
device is a hollow, generally conical shaped protector or
shell 11 adapted to encompass a high heel 12 of a lady’s
shoe 13 as shown in FIG. 2. Applicant has found that
‘only a few different tapers and lengths of protector 11
This invention relates to high heels of ladies’ shoes and
particularly refers to an ornamental device for the protec 10 will satisfactorily ?t predominantly all of the wide
variety of ladies’ high heels on the market.
tion and repair of high heels of ladies’ shoes.
A shoe heel of a type to which protector 11 is advan
High heel shoes have been an essential part of every
tageously applied is illustratively shown in FIGURE ‘2
woman’s wardrobe for many years. A popular style of
at 12; such heel being round at its back and side portions
ladies’ shoes today has a high, narrow heel, commonly
referred to as a “spike.”
15 up to a forward ‘breast or front portion 15 and running
vertically up the heel and across the shoe, all as is
As normally constructed, a high heel of a lady's shoe
familiar in the art. As shown, the heel is downwardly
can withstand a large compressive force but has relative
and inwardly ?ared converging into a narrow solid heel
ly little shear strength. As a result, ladies’ high heels are
portion 16. Heel 12 is normally made of plastic, wood,
easily broken when any sudden transverse force is applied
thereto, such as when a heel is caught in sidewalk gratings 20 composition material or the like.
Protector 11 has a vertical ?at wall or surface 14
which vare commonly found over underground openings
which corresponds in shape to the front or breast surface
such as ‘basement windows, public utilities underground
15 of high heel 12. The side and rear surfaces of protec
areas, subways, etc. Also, ladies’ high heels are fre
tor 11 have a curved contour which corresponds to the
quently broken by the transverse force resulting from
the wearer stumbling and in attempting to regain her 25 round side and rear portions of heel 12 of lady’s shoe 13.
The curved walls of protector 11 converge downwardly
balance places her weight unevenly on the heel. Recently
and inwardly to form a narrow heel or lift portion 16a
there has been an attempt by shoe manufacturers to
and are tapered inwardly slightly more than the side of
remedy this situation in the higher priced ladies’ shoes by
high heel 12 for wedging heel 12 and protector 11 to
inserting an iron rod and associated material axially in
the heel unit to increase its shear strength.
30 gether upon heel 12 being inserted within protector 11, as
If a high heel is broken while away from home, it is a
will be described below. Due to difference in tapers be
tween the inside surface of protector 11 and high heel 12,
protector 11 is securely held in place on heel 11, resulting
in positive attachment therebetween.
shop is available, the replacement of a high heel cannot
ordinarily be accomplished during the period of time that 35 To insure complete protection against broken high
heels, protector 11 is slidably positioned on heel 12 hav
the wearer can wait. Also, replacement of a high heel of
ing ?at surface 14 of protector 11 juxtaposed to ?at-sur
a lady’s shoe is a relatively expensive job. If the broken
face 15 of heel 12. Protector 11 is wedged tightly in
part of the heel still is available, the shoe repair shop will
place. The length of protector 11 chosen in such that the
normally join the ‘broken part to the heel stub by adhesive
heel portion of protector 11 is slightly above a lift 21
tape or other temporary means for appearance sake only.
when shoe 13 is worn. Applicant has found that heel
However, the heel remains not usable for walking.
protector 11 should be about three-quarters of the length
Accordingly a need exists for a device which will in
of heel 12 to secure a good ?t with adequate protection in
crease the shear strength of high heels of ladies’ shoes
the easiest manner. The height of protector 11 is greater
and allows the repairing of a wide variety of broken high
heels quickly and inexpensively and in a manner that will 45 than its Width or depth at its smallest cross section and
preferably greater than its width or depth at its largest
not detract from the appearance of the shoes.
cross section. A matching mate of protector 11 is placed
Therefore it is an object of the present invention to
on the heel of the mate to shoe 13.
provide a device permitting quick and easy repair of
serious problem to the woman involved, since the shoe
can no longer be used for walking. Even if a shoe repair
An important consideration for any device‘ for use
‘ '
It is another object of the present invention to pro 50 with women’s clothing is appearance. Protector 11 may
have different types of surfaces or ornamentation there
vide a device for repairing broken high heels of ladies’
on, such as serrations, crenulations or scalloping of the
shoes in a variety of ornamental vforms and shapes, which
upper edges (as shown in FIG. 1) for use as an acces
enhances the appearance of the shoes.
sory to the shoes or clothing. Protector 11 may be made
It is a further object of the present invention to pro
vide an attachable and detachable decorative assemblage 55 of metal or plastic and have a variety of colors and shades
for use with the varied colored ladies’ shoes with which
for use with a lady’s high heel shoe which adds transverse
strength to the high heels and which may be easily ap
it is to be used.
To insure more positive attachment between protector
plied by any unskilled person.
11 and heel 12, pointed teeth may be placed on the inner
Still another object is to provide a device for use with
surface of shell 11 preferably on the inner heel portion
high heels of ladies’ shoes that accomplishes all of the
of front face 14 and forced to penetrate into heel 12
above and yet is simple, durable, inexpensive to produce
broken high heels of ladies’ shoes.
to prevent dislodgement of protector 11. A further
method of positively attaching protector 11 to heel 12
is to provide several openings in front face 14 for in
apparent when the following description is considered in
connection with the annexed drawings in which
65 serting nails therethrough into heel 12. These methods
and easy to use.
Other objects and features of the invention will be more
FIG. 1 is a perspective elevational view of one form of
the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of a lady’s high heel
of attaching protector 11 to heel 12 prevent the easy re
moval of protector 11 as is obtained when using only
friction as discussed above.
Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 4, the present inven
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of the rear portion of 70 tion is used for repairing a broken heel 17 of a lady’s
shoe. The broken heel stub is trimmed as shown in
a ladies’ high heel shoe with its high heel broken;
PEG. 4, making the bottom surface 25 substantially paral
FIG. 4 is an elevational sectional view showing the
shoe having the present invention secured thereto;
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lel to the ground when the shoe is in walking position. A
shell 18, substantially Similar to shell 11 described above
relative to FIGURE 1, is placed over broken heel 17
making tight frictional contact with the outer surfaces
of heel 17 due to the wedging action of the tapered sur
faces. A plug 20 having the same contour but with
smaller dimensions than the inner walls of shell 18 so
as to abut the inner surfaces therewith is made of wood,
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rigid D-shaped insert disposed within said body abutting
the inner surfaces of said body, said taper of said ‘body
‘being slightly greater than the taper of said heel so that
upon slidably inserting said broken heel into the top of
said hollow body, the upper surface of said insert abuts
the lower surface of said broken heel and the correspond
ing surfaces of said body and said heel are wedged into
tight engagement, and means for ?xedly securing said
plastic, rubber composition or similar type material.
insert to said heel.
Plug 20 is trimmed so that the upper surface of plug 20 10
2. Device as in claim 1 wherein said hollow body is
abuts the trimmed bottom face 25 of broken heel 17,
about three-fourths of the length of said high heel and
as shown in FIG. 4 when in operating position.
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said insert is about three-fourths the length of said hol
Plug 20 should preferably be about three-fourths of
low body.
the length of shell 18. Plug 20 has a nail 22 there
3. A device for repairing a broken high heel of a
through, which is driven into the stub of heel 17, provid
lady’s shoe, comprising a hollow body having a wide top
ing a secure attachment. Abutting the bottom face of
portion and converging downwardly and inwardly from
plug 20 is a lift 23, which preferably covers the bottom,
the perimeter of said top portion to form a narrow heel
horizontal edges of shell 18. Lift 23 is secured in any
portion, the vertical surfaces of said ‘body being similar in
suitable manner to plug 20, such as by nailing or gluing.
contour to the corresponding surfaces of said heel, an in—
Shell 18 is securely held to the stub of heel 17 due
sert disposed within the lower portion of said body abut
to the wedging action between its inner surfaces and the
ting the inner surfaces of said ‘body, said insert being of
outer surfaces of heel 17, as well as by the combination
such length that upon said broken heel being received with
of plug 26, which is securely attached to heel 1.7 by nail
in the upper portion of said body and wedged into tight
22 and lift 23 which abuts the bottom edge of shell 18
engagement therewith the upper surface of said insert
and is mounted on plug 20.
abuts the lower surface of said broken heel, and means
While the above described embodiments of the inven
for ?xedly securing said insert to said heel.
tion have a preferred construction, it is to be understood
4. A device for repairing a broken high heel of a
that the present invention is not necessarily restricted
shoe comprising an integral one piece hollow rigid body
thereto. Thus nail 22 may be replaced by an anchoring
having a wide top portion, said ‘body tapering inwardly
pin or the use of nail 22 may be dispensed with by having 30 and downwardly from the perimeter of said top portion
pointed teeth facing inwardly at the upper edge of shell
to form a narrow heel portion and having a cross sec
18 along its front face 24 for engagement with the front
tion corresponding to the cross section of said heel and
face ‘of broken heel 17. Plug 20 can be positively se
having corresponding mating surfaces, said taper of said
cured to shell 18 by having suitable holes along the lower
body varying slightly ‘from the taper of said heel, an in
front face of shell 18 abutting plug 20, and inserting c0 01 sert disposed within the lower portion of said body and
nails therethrough into plug 21.
extending upwardly therefrom so that upon slidably in
It will also be understood that though the shell may
serting said broken heel into the top portion of said hol
be of any suitable material, preferably plastic or metal,
low body the upper surface of said insert abuts the lower
it should generally be of relatively thin construction to
surface of said broken heel and the corresponding mat
mask or otherwise de-accentuate the substitution.
ing surfaces of said body and said heel are wedged into
tight engagement, and means for maintaining said insert
Since many apparently different structures may be
and said heel in abutting relation.
readily devised by those skilled in the art without de
5. A device as in claim 4 wherein said maintaining
parting from the scope of the present invention, it is
means includes a top lift abutting the lower end surface
understood that the foregoing description is illustrative
only, the scope of the invention being de?ned solely by 45 of said hollow body.
the claims granted.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
What is claimed is:
l. A device for repairing a broken high heel of a
UNITED STATES PATENTS
lady’s shoe, comprising an integral one piece hollow
body having a wide top portion, said ‘body portion hav 50
ing a D-shaped cross-section corresponding to the cross
914,810
1,138,725
Dempsey ____________ __ Mar. 9, 1909
Capdevila ___________ __ May 11, 1915
section of said heel, the curved portion of said body
1,841,027
Gruber ______________ __ Jan. 12, 1932
tapering inwardly and downwardly from the perimeter
2,076,514
2,109,193
Huffman ____________ __ Apr. 6, 1937
Field et a] ____________ __ Feb. 22, 1938
of said top portion to form a narrow heel portion, a
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