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July 3, 1952
E. DITTRICH
3,041,745
FORKED SPIKE HEEL
Filed Aug. 11, 1961
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FORKED SPIKE HEEL
Edward Dittrich, Rte. 2, Medford, Wis.
Filed Aug. 11, 1961, Ser. No. 130,872
7 Claims. (Cl. 36-34)
This invention relates generally to high heel shoes,
and more particularly to a ‘high heel such as a slender
spread attachment of the. heel to the shoe upper 10,
and reduced, slender, necked-down lower portion 15.
The heel is generally half round in cross section, that
is, the front face of the heel is generally flat such as indi
cated at 16 of FIG. 5, and the rear face is rounded such
as indicated at 17.
Said lower slender portion is bifurcated and terminates
in a pair of laterally ?ared or laterally spread prongs
18 and 19, thereby achieving greatly increased lateral
French or spike heel, terminating in a pair of laterally
10 stability, while maintaining a slender and delicate appear
?ared prongs.
ance.
The purpose of this invention is to eliminate the in
The spaced prongs 18 and 19 have a generally quarter
stability and unsteadiness attending the wearing of high
heel shoes.
An object is to provide a shoe heel of greatly increased
stability.
' Another object of this invention is the provision of a
round cross section as shown in FIG. 6, said prongs
being oppositely disposed, the ?at faces thereof confront
ing each other and the curved faces being outwardly
disposed.
In ordinary walking, the ‘forward shoe ?rst strikes the
ground with the heel thereof, followed by the ball of
the foot and toe portions contacting the ‘ground.
With a conventional spike heel, the heel strikes the
high heel shoe that results in a ?rm and steady walking
‘gait, and that avoids a sidewise wobbly ankle action.
Still another object of this invention is the provision
of a high shoe heel and lower end portion of which
terminates in a pair of laterally ?ared prongs to increase
ground ?rst with single point or very small area contact,
followed by the ball of the foot area contacting the
the lateral stability of said high heel.
ground. This results, in effect, in a two point base, on
Yet another object is to provide a high heel for a
one ‘foot, for balancing the body weight during the ordi
shoe that provides a relatively ?rm heel base.
nary walking operation. While the area under the ball
Other speci?c objects and many of the attendant ad 25 of the foot is relatively wide, the spike heel area is rela
vantages of this invention will be readily appreciated as
tively narrow providing little aid in lateral balancing,
the same becomes better understood ‘by reference to the
especially considering the height of a spike heel which
following detailed description when considered in con
is often three inches.
nection with the accompanying drawings in which like
The present improved two prong spike heel provides
reference numerals designate like parts throughout the
a laterally spaced two point contact of the heel prongs
?gures thereof and wherein:
,With the ground. Such laterally spaced two point contact
FIG. 1 is a side elevation View of a shoe embodying
of the heel provides initial ?rmness in a step, and later ,
the high heel invention, in reduced scale;
steadiness when the ball of the foot contacts the ground,
resulting in a stable three point base for balancing the
'FIG. 2 is a side elevation view of the high heel per
se, shown in FIG. 1, substantially in full scale.
body weight during the walking operation.
FIG. 3 is a rear elevation View of the heel shown
Obviously the improved three point walking base offers
in FIG. 2;
much greater sidewise or lateral stability than the con
'FIG. 4 is a front elevation view of the heel shown
ventional two point walking base. It should be further
noted that the improved stability. is not achieved through
FIG. 5 is a section view taken on line 5-—5 of FIG. 4A) structural bulkiness, but is achieved through. means of
in FIG. 2;
2; and
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better and more e?icient placement of the material com
FIG. 6 is a section view taken on line 6—-6 of FIG. 2.
prising a heel, that is, placing the heel material where it
will do the most good. The ?nal result is an improved
heel having increased stability with no ‘loss of the slender
Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference
numerals designate like or corresponding parts through
out the views thereof, there is shown in FIG. 1 a women’s
shoe including an upper 10, which may be constructed
eye appeal.
_
In the appended claims the words “high heel” will
of any material suitable for the manufacture of shoes,
be understood to encompass slender heels of the French
such as leather, fabric, rubber, or the like. An outsole
and spike type, or the like.
11 may be attached to said upper by nailing, cementing,
A characteristic feature of this invention is the pro
stitching or other means employed by the art of shoe 50 vision of a spike heel terminating in a pair ‘of laterally
manufacturing. Said outsole may be made of leather,
?ared and spaced prongs for greatly increasing the lat
rubber, plastic or any other suitable material.
eral stability of such spike heel.
An insole, not shown, may be attached to said upper
Obviously many modi?cations and ‘variations of the
in the usual manner.
present invention are possible in the light of the above
A high, French or spike heel, ‘or the like, generally in 55 teachings. It is therefore to be understood, that within
dicated at 12, may be attached to said upper by means
the scope of the appended claims, the invention may be
of cement, tacks, staples or the like. The spike heel
practiced otherwise than as speci?cally ‘described.
can be constructed of any suitable material suf?ciently
What is claimed and desired to be protected by Let
?rm to support functioning body weight and impact, and
possessing properties and characteristics that permit shape
ing to ?t the shoe. For example, wood, leather, cork,
?bre compositions, rubber compositions, plastic, and the
like will be found suitable. Obviously, the spike heel
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ters Patent of the United States is:
1. In a shoe having a heel, the lower end portion of
said heel terminating in a pair of spaced and laterally
?ared portions to increase the lateral stability of said
heel, the terminal portions of said ?ared portions ex
may be left in its natural state, or it may be enameled
tending outwardly beyond the beginning portions of said
or ‘otherwise coated or covered with leather, fabric, or 65 ?ared portions.
the like.
2. In a shoe having a high heel, the lower end portion
The spike heel, at the point of ground contact, may
of said high heel terminating in a pair of laterally ?ared
prongs to increase the lateral stability of said high heel,
like.
the terminal portions of said prongs extending outwardly
The spike heel 12 comprises the usual general slender 70 beyond the beginning portions of said prongs, and the
high heel con?guration having an enlarged upper por
lateral sides of said heel comprising curved surfaces eX
tion 14 for weight bearing distribution, and ‘for wide
be soled as at 13 with rubber, leather, metal, or the
3,041,745
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tending upwardly and inwardly from the end portions of
said prongs, respectively.
3. In a shoe having a spike heel, the lower end portion
of said spike heel terminating in a pair of laterally ?ared
prongs to increase the lateral stability of said spike heel,
the terminal portions of said prongs extending outwardly
beyond the beginning portions of said prongs, and the
lateral sides of said heel comprising curved surfaces ex
tending upwardly and inwardly from the bottom to the
top ‘of said heel.
4. A shoe heel, the lower end portion of said shoe
heel terminating in a pair of spaced and laterally ?ared
portions to increase the lateral stability of said shoe heel,
the terminal portions "of saidprongs extending‘outwardly
beyond the beginning portions of said prongs, and the
lateral sides of said heel comprising curved surfaces ex
tending upwardly and inwardly from the bottom of said
prongs to a zone adjacent the beginning portions of said
prongs and thence upwardly and outwardly to the top
of said ‘heel.
_
7. In a shoe, a French-heel for said shoe, substantially
the lower third portion of said French heel comprising
a pair of laterally ?ared prongs to increase the lateral
stability of said French heel, the terminal portions of
said prongs extending outwardly beyond the beginning
portions of said prongs, and the lateral and rear sides
the terminal portions of said ?ared portions extending
of said heel comprising continuously curved surfaces
outwardly beyond the beginning portions of said ?ared 15 extending upwardly and inwardly from the bottom of said
portions.
5. A high heel for a shoe, the lower portion of said
high'heel terminating in a pair of laterally ?ared prongs
to increase the lateral stability of said high heel, the
terminal portions of said prongs extending outwardly 20
beyond the beginning portions of said prongs, and the
prongs to a zone adjacent the beginning portions of said
prongs and thence upwardly and outwardly to the top
of said heel, and the inner surfaces of said prongs being
substantially parallel to the outer surfaces.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
lateral sides of said heel comprising curved surfaces ex
tending upwardly and inwardly from the end portions
of said'prongs, respectively.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
D. 136,960
6. A spike heel ‘for a shoe, the lower end portion of 25 2,284,326
said spike heel terminating in a pair of laterally ?ared
prongs to increase the lateral stability ‘of said spike heel,
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Shuford ______________ __ Jan. 4, 1944
Korda ______________ __ May 26, 1942
FOREIGN PATENTS
Italy ________________ __ May 24, 1957
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