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June 5, 1962
3,037,302
E. MQDORMAN
OPEN TOE FOOTWEAR WITH TIEABLE VAMP
Filed Oct. 28, 1958
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3,037,302
OPEN TOE FOQTWEAR WITH TIEABLE VAMP
Emilou McDorman, 952 5th Ave., New York 21, N.Y.,
assignor of oneahalf to Bernard Olc‘ott, New York, N .Y.
Filed Oct. 28, 1958, Ser. No. 770,045
3 Claims. (Cl. 36-115)
3,637,302
Patented June 5, 1962
As shown, the spaced tapering members 11a
and 11b extend in a continuous manner forwardly of
approximately the shank portion of the sole member 10
at least along a ball portion thereof and preferably into
a toe portion thereof. ' However, to provide an open toe
vamp, the tapering members are spaced appreciably as
measured along the tip periphery of the sole member,
adjustable slippers.
as, for instance, by at least one-fourth or one-half the
length of attachment of either tapering member to the
form ?tting in a comfortable manner for a wide range
vamp for the inside of the foot can be disposed closer to
This invention relates to footwear and particularly to
The manufacturing and merchandising aspect of pro 10 sole, as best shown in FIG. 1. To further promote com
fort, the tapering member 11b which forms the half
viding a mass produced low cost slipper which will ‘be
the tip of the sole relative to the other tapering member
of foot sizes presents a vexing problem to‘ the industry.
11a as shown in FIG. 1.
This vexing problem is not limited to the domestic
market in which the consumer normally purchases such 15 The expandable pleats 13 together with the rather con
siderable stretch characteristic of soft cloth in lengthwise,
items for himself in a packaged condition which pre
crosswise and diagonal directions provide a snug form
vents him from sizing the slipper for his foot. The
?tting vamp. Additionally, ‘feet with abnormalities such
problem becomes somewhat more acute when the pur
as hammer toes, bunions, corns, missing toes, unmatched
chaser buys the footwear for another member of the
household, or as a gift for another person. Additionally 20 foot sizes, etc. can be comfortably and custom ?tted.
Alternatively, a “half knot” and pin device can be
the institutional market such as hospitals and rest homes
employed as shown in FIG. 3 to secure the “free” ends
have to cope with an inventory and hygienic problem for
12a and 12b of the tapering members.
providing comfortable footwear in view of the normal
wide range of foot sizes, as well as abnormal foot de
The ?exible sole member 10 can be fabricated in a
25 number of known manners. For instance it can com
formities, of their inmates.
prise a core of foam rubber sandwiched between a can
The broad objective of the present invention is to
vas wearing surface and a cloth inner sole. For institu
provide adjustable footwear which promotes standard
tional use, the sole member can be all canvas and cloth
ization of manufacturing operations and enhances the
so that the entire slipper can be sterilized by boiling.
merchandising appeal to the consumer by offering an
attractive, low priced article which is instantly recognized 30 Alternatively, after sterilizing, the entire slipper may be
impregnated with medication for hygienic purposes for
as being extremely comfortable and adjustable to a wide
the treatment of athletes’ foot. Shrinkage of the fabric
range of foot sizes including foot deformities. Further
by boiling water will not impair the subsequent form ?t
more, it is intended to provide such ‘footwear which
of the vamp when the ends of the tapering members 11a
can be sterilized and medicated.
As contemplated, in accordance with this invention 35 and 11b are retied.
It is to be understood that variations and modi?ca
there is provided an adjustable footwear comprising a
tiosn may be made without departing from the scope
?exible sole member and a pair of tieable soft tapering
of the invention and that the disclosure herein is to
members secured to inside and outside edges respectively
be taken as being illustrative of the invention and not
of the sole member near the toe and ball of the foot
position of the sole member. The tapering members 40 in limitation thereof.
I claim:
near the line of attachment to the sole member are ‘gath
1. An open-teed article of footwear comprising a sole
ered to form expandable pleats whereby the tapering
member having a ball portion, a pair of pliable tapering
members when tied in a knot provide a comfortable form
members, the wide end of one tapering member being
?tting open toe vamp.
The general nature of the invention having been set 45 secured to one lateral edge portion of said sole member
continuously throughout said ball portion thereof, the
forth, embodiments of the invention will now be de
wide end of the other tapering member being similarly se
scribed illustratively by way of example in terms of the
cured to the opposite edge portion of said sole member, the
following speci?cation and the drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a plain view of a slipper in accordance with
one embodiment of the invention;
FIG. 2 illustrates how the slipper of FIG. 1 is ar
free end portions of said tapering members being adapted
ranged to accommodate a foot; and
they are secured to said sole member to render said vamp
FIG. 3 illustrates an alternative arrangement for form
ing the vamp in FIG. 2.
to be secured together to form a vamp, said wide ends
of said tapering members being ?xedly pleated where
expansible.
2. An open-toed article of footwear comprising a sole
member having a ball portion, a pair of pliable tapering
members, the wide end of one tapering member being
secured to one lateral edge portion of said sole member
continuously throughout said ball portion thereof, the
wide end of the other tapering member being similarly se
pliable tapering members 11a and 11b respectively, the
material of the tapering members being, for example, 60 cured to the opposite edge portion of said sole member, the
free end portions of said tapering members being adapted
soft fabric or cloth. The unattached or “free” ends 12a
In the slipper embodiment of the invention shown
in FIG. 1, a ?exible sole member 10 has attached thereto
at outside edge 10a and inside edge 10b of a forward
portion of the sole (relative to its shank) a pair of spaced
and 12b of the tapering members are tied in a knot, such
as a square knot, as shown in FIG. 2 after the wearer’s
foot is placed on the sole member so that the vamp
to be secured together to form a vamp, said wide ends
of said tapering members being ?xedly pleated Where
they are secured to said sole member to render said vamp
of the slipper can be individually adjusted. For en 65 expansi'ble, and wherein said sole member has a toe por
tion contiguous with and forward of said ball portion, at
hancing the form ?tting of the vamp, each tapering mem
least one of said pliable tapering members extending into
ber is gathered at or near the line of attachment to the
said toe portion.
sole member ‘for ‘forming expandable pleats as shown at
3. An open-toed article of footwear comprising a sole
13 in FIG. 1. This gathering can be conveniently and
70 member having a ball portion, a pair of pliable tapering
readily effected when the tapering members are attached
to the sole member, one method of attachment being by
members, the wide end of one tapering member being
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secured to one lateral edge portion of said sole member
2,271,595
2,352,098
2,469,708
2,509,335
2,534,975
2,658,510
continuously throughout said ball portion thereof, the
Wide end of the other tapering member being similarly se
cured to the opposite edge portion of said sole member, the
free end portions of said tapering members being adapted
to be secured together to form a vamp, said wide ends
of said tapering members being ?xedly pleated where
they are secured to said sole member to render said vamp
expansible, and wherein said sole member has a shank
Hilton ______________ __ Nov. 10,
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2,799,951
Rogers ______________ __ July 23,
1957
256,901
902,573
1,136,951
Italy _________________ __ Jan. 25,
portion contiguous with and rearward of said ball por 10
tion, at least one of said pliable tapering members extend
ing into said shank portion.
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