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Патент USA US3076287

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Feb. 5, 1963
F. |-|. SCHLECHT
CUSHION BOOT
Filed April 11, 1961
3,076,2 74
United States Patä?iiÖ??ce
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3‚076‚274
CUSHION ROST
Frederick H. Schlecht, Paxtou, Mass.‚ assägmr m H. H.
Bmwn Shoe Company, Inc., W0rcestcr, Mass., a cm:
poration of Massachuset?s
Filed Apr. 11, 1961, Ser.‘ N0. 192,229
4 Ciaims. (Cl. 36-54)
3,076‚2M
Fatented Feb. 5, 1963
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gins respectively of the cushion liner 18. The cushion
liner 18 is so locatcd on the gusset that, as appears in
FEG. 1, its' side portions 22 underlie the lines of hooks
8 when the boot is closed by the lacing, and preferably
so that its upper portion 24 underlies the uppermost lac
ing and its lower portion 26 underlies the lowermost lac
Ing.
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T0 further increase the comfort of th‚e boot, I provide
The present invention 1‘elates to boots and shoes and
a backstrip comprising a layer 32 of a soft, spongy, com
more particularly to an ankle length or higher boot pro 10 pressible material underlying the backstay 10 and dis
vided With cushioning means to increase its comfort.
posed between the backstay and the quarter lining 34.
Higher lcngth shoes such as Walking boots and Werk
This layer 32 may extend from a point adjacent the so1e
shoes, particularly those cf the blucher type which are
to a point we1l above thc heel.
closed by a gusset and lacing, tend to be uncomfortable
As the material for th€ cushion liner 118 and the back
at points under the eyelets or hooks which receive the 15 strip 32 I may use any soft, compressible, spongy mate
lacing and at the back of the heel due to the force
exerted 011 the hooks or eyelets, by the lacing, partiell
larly in the case of hooks, as the lacing tends to rock the
rial such as polyurethane foam or other foamed synthetic
reference is made to the accompanying drawing in which,
to1n cdges of said opcning and disposed to undcrlie por
or natural resins or rubbers.
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W1rile a preferred embodirnent of the invention has
hooks and cause them to dig into the foot.
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been shown and described for purposes of illustra?on,
An object of the invention is to provide a boot er shoe 20 various modi?cations thereof may occur to those skillcd
closed by lacing which is more comfortable than boots
in the art, and thereforc it is not intended that the inven
and shoes of prior known constructions.
tion be limited thereto, and departures may be made
A further object is to provide a laced boot er shoe of
therefrom within the spirit and scope cf the invention as
the type closed by lacing and having a gussct which is
de?ned in the claims.
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more comfortable at the instep and ank1e than the known
I clairn:
constructions.
1. A shoe having a sole and an upper, said upper being
A further object is to provide a laced boot which is
provided with a front opening adapted to be closed by
more comfortable at the back of the heel.
lacing, and including a backstay and a quarter linear inside
Other objects and advantages of t-he invention Will be
said backsizay, hooks for the reception of said lacing se
comc apparent from the following dcscription of a pres 30 cured to said upper along the side margins of said open«
ently preferred embodiment cf the invention, wherein
ing, a gusset secured to said upper along thc side and bot
FIG. 1 is a freut elevation of the boot;
tions cf the edges cf said opening to Which said hooks are
FIG. 2 is a side elevation;
secured, a gusset 1iner sccured to said gusset and extend
-FIG. 3 is a horizontal sectional view on 1ine 3-—3 of 35 ing, over at least a portion of the inner surface of said
FIG. 2, and
gusset, a cushion 1iner of a soft, spongy, compressible
FIG. 4 is an exploded view showing details of C011
material secured in p1ace between said gusset and gusset
struction of the gusset and gussct liner.
liner in a position to underliesaid hooks and the upper
T'he boot sclected f01‘ purpose cf illustration cornprises
most and lowermost lacings, and a layer of a soft, spongy,
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a conventional sole 2 and an uppar indicated generally
compressible material disposed between said backstay and
at 4. In the illustrative shoe the upper is of the blucher
said quarter iiner.
construction Wherein the two quarters 6 extend forwardly
2. A shoe having a sole and an uppcr, said upper bcing
over the Vamp and are left free of attachement at their
provided With a front opening adaptcd to be closed by
forward edges. Bach quarter 6 is provided along its for
lacing, hooks for the reception of said lacing.secured to
ward edge with the conventional sel’ies 0f hooks 8 im‘ 45 said upper along the side margins of said opening, a gus
reccption cf the conventional lacing to secure the shoe 011
set securcd to said upper along the side and bottom cdges
the fußt. A conventional backstay 1® is provided at the
of said opening and disposed to underlie portions cf the
back of the upper.
edges cf said opening to which said hooks are secured, a
The front 0f the upper is‘ closcd by the gusset 12 Which
50 gusset linear secured to said gusset and extending over a€
is securecl to the upper by stitching 14 along its side and
least a portion of the inner surfaccof said gusset, and a
bottom margins, the side margins bcing turned forwardly
to lie ?at against the quarters adjacent their forward
cushion liner comprising a sheet cf. a soft, spongy, com
pressible material, said shcet having its central portion cut
away and being secured in place between said gusset
edges so that the gusset folds upon itse.f as the shoe is
laced up.
55 and said gusset 1iner in a position to underlie said hooks
'Ihe inner face of the guss'et is largely covered by a
and thc uppcrrnost and lowermost lacings.
gusset liner 16 stitched around its margin to the gusset.
3. A shoe having a sole and an upper, said upper being
In accordance with the invention I provide a cushion
provided with a front opening adapted to be closed by
liner 18 between the gusset 12 and the gusset liner 16
lacing, and including a backstay and a quarterliner inside
in a positien to underlie the hooks 8 a1: each sich: of the
60 said backstay, means on said uppcr along the side mar
gusset and to extend across the gusset at positions CO1‘
gins of said opening for the reception of said lacing, a
responding approximately to the uppermost and the lower
most lacing. As shown to the bcst advantage in FIG. 4,
the cushion liner 18 is in the form cf a sheet cf soft‚
gusset secured to said upper along the side and bottom
edges of said opening and disposed to underlie said means,
a gusset liner secured to said gusset and extending over
spongy, compressi‘oie material having its central portion 65 at least a portion cf the inner surface of said gusset, a
at 29 cut away so that the cushion liner comprises side
portions 22=‚ a top portion 24 and a bottom portion 26.
The cushion liner 13 is assernbled With the gusset 12 and
gusset linear 316 to lie therebetween, as appears in FIG. 4,
and is sccured in Position between inner and outer lines
of stitching 28, 30 respectively, passing through the gus 70
set and the gusset 1iner adjacent the inncr and outer mar
cushion 1iner of a soft, spongy, compressible material
secured in place between said gusset and said gusset liner
in a position to underlie said means and at least the upper
most‚ and the lowermost of said lacings, and a layer of a
soft, spongy‚ compressible materiyal disposed between said.
backstay and said quarterliner.
4. A shoe having a sole and an upper, said upper being
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provided with a closable front opening adapted to be
closed by 1acing, means in said npper along the side mar
gins of said opening for reception of said lacing, a gnsset
secnred to said npper a1ong ’the side and bottom edges
of said opening and disposed to nnderlie said means, a
gnsset liner secnred to said gnsset, and a cushion liner
comprising a sheet of soft, spongy, compressible material
having its central Portion cnt away and being secnred in
place between said gusset and said gnsset1iner in a posi
tion to nnderlie said means and to extend across the gusset 10
at least at a position corresponding approximately to the
nppermost lacing.
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