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Feb. 26, 1963
D. A. RODA
3,078,600
SHOE CONSTRUCTION
Filed Nov. 30. 1960
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Patented Feb. 26, 1963
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front portion of the shoe showing both the fastening de
vice andthe Hap extension in their open positions,
SHOE CONSTRUCTION
Dominick A. Roda, Meadville, Pa., assignor to
Talon, inc., a corporation of Pennsylvania
lFiled Nov. 3€), 1960, Ser. No. 72,767
4 Claims. (Cl. 36-50)
1 FIG. 4 is a sectional View taken on line 4--4 of FIG.
, and
FIG. 5 is a side view of the manipulating member of
the fastening device showing the loop-like portion attached
thereto.
.Referring more particularly to the drawings, and as
more clearly shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the fastening dc
appearance of shoes having a fastening device incorporated 10 vice shown incorporated with the improved shoe con~
therewith of the type disclosed in the co-pending applica,F
struction of the present invention will first be described.
This fastening device consists generally of a relatively
tion of Thane E. Hawkins and Stanley E. Weikel, Serial
stiff resilient wire member 8 made of spring steel or some
No. 16,723, filed March 22, 1960.
ln such a fastening device, there is provided generally
other suitable material which is bent to substantially
a resilient wire member bent to substantially V-shape so
V-shape so as to provide spaced-apart arm-like portions
as to provide a pair of spaced-apart arm-like portions in~
9 and 10 integrally connected together at the lower end
tegrally connected together at one end by a transversely
thereof by means of a substantially oval-shaped portion
This invention relates to an improved shoe construc
tion and more particularly, to a means of enhancing the
extending trunnion portion. There is hingedly attached
to this trunnion, a -bearinglike portion arranged at one
so as to provide a transversely extending trunnion por»
tion 16.
end of a manipulating or actuating member. Between 20
A rigid member 19 is provided which extends between
the manipulating member and the resilient arm portion
a manipulating member 17 and the arms 9 and 10 of the
there is arranged a rigid yoke-like member having one
lresilient wire member 8. This rigid member 19 consists
preferably of two parts 20' and 21 telescopically arranged
end thereof pivotally attached to the inner side of the
manipulating member intermediate the length thereof.
for adjusting the length thereof. On the outer end of the
On the opposite end of this rigid member there is ar 25 upper part 20, there is arranged a yoke-shaped portion
ranged a pair of spaced-apart hook-like portions which
having a pair of hook-shaped ear portions 22 and 23
slidably engage the arm-like portions of the Wire mem
which slidabiy engage with and are disposed around the
ber whereby the arm-like portions are moved toward or
respective arms 9 and 10 of the resilient wire member 8.
These hook-shaped ear portions 22 and 23 are spaced
away from one another upon movement of the manipulat
ing member. It is to a means which cooperates with the 30 apart so as to permit the insertion and removal of the
arms 9 and 10 from there-between when desired. The
manipulating member to conceal the fastening device and
the shoe opening in which it is positioned that the pres
ent invention relates.
outer end of the lower part 21 is pivotally connected pref
erably to a pair of spaced-apart bearing portions 24 struck
Accordingly, it is the general object of the present in»
up from the body of the manipulating member 17 inter
vention to provide an improved shoe construction having 35 mediate its length, -by means of a transversely extending
means arranged therewith for concealing the fastening
pin 25 positioned at a spaced distance from the hinged
device of the type disclosed in the aforesaid patent appli
connection 18. Adjacent these bearing portions 24, there
is also struck up from the body of the manipulating men1cation.
it is another object of the invention to provide an im
ber 17, a pair of elongated parallel resilient portions or
proved means for concealing such a fastening device 40 projections 26 which are spaced apart from one another
a distance slightly less than the width of the part Z1 of the
which is simple and effective and at the same time inex
rigid member 19 with which they are adapted to Co-operate
pensive to apply so as to enhance the appearance of the
shoe.
it is a more specific object of the invention to provide
to lock the fastener in closed position in a manner to be
described. rIhe portions 26» may, if desired, be extensions
a iiap extension portion which cooperates with a loop 45 of the bearing portions 24.
The lower part 21 of the rigid member 19 has upwardly
and inwardly extending marginal flanges 12 so as to pro
tening device so as to cover the same when the fastening
vide a channel therebetween for slidably receiving the
device is in its closed position.
Various other objects and advantages of this invention
inner end of the part 20’. Adjacent the inner end of this
will be more apparent in the course of the following 50 part 21, there is arranged a pin-like projecting portion
29 which is disposed on the end of a leaf-like spring por
specification, and will be particularly pointed out in the
tion 30 struck up from the body portion of this part
appended claims.
In the accompanying drawings, there is shown for the
Z1. There is arranged on the upper part Z0 of the rigid
member 1%, laterally extending marginal ñange portions
purpose of illustration, an embodiment which my inven
tion may assume in practice.
55 which are disposed in under the marginal ñanges and
in the channel of the lower part 21. Centrally of the
In these drawings:
FIG. l is a perspective view of a shoe having the im
upper part 2t?, there is arranged a series of spaced-apart
proved closure of the present invention incorporated there
apertures 32 with which the pin-like projection 29 of the
with showing both the fastening device thereof and the
lower part 21 engages to adjust selectively the two parts
portion carried by the manipulating member of the fas
flap extension in their closed positions,
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the shoe similar to FIG.
l, showing the fastening device in its closed position but
with the flap extension in its disengaged or open position,
FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary plan view of the
60 20 and 21 relative to one another so as to adjust tele
scopically the length of the rigid member 19.
It will be understood that the hook-shaped ear portions
22 and 23 grasp the arms 9 and 10 of the resilient member
8 and draw them together as the yoke-shaped portion of
aoraeeo
the upper part’2tl of the rigid member i9 slides there
along thereby drawing the wing members 2 and 3 toward
one another. The rigid member 19 and in turn the arms
9 and i@ are moved by the manipulating member 17 and
it will be seen that the manipulating member makes the
largest angle with both the resilient member S and rigid
member 19 when the manipulating member is in its open
position, as shown in FIG. 3, thereby permittingy the arms
9 and 1d to be spread apart. In the closed or locked posi
tion, as shown in FIGS. 1, 2, and 4, it will be seen that
the manipulating member 17 makes the smallest angle
with »both the resilient member 8 and the rigid member 19
and is disposed substantially parallel thereto, thereby hold
ing the arms 9 and ‘itl inwardly against the inherent resil
ient force of these arms tending to spread them apart.
In such closed position, it will be understood that the
rigid member 19 is forced and positioned between the pair
of elongated parallel inwardly extending projecting por
d.J
attach the fastening device to the shoe. To remove the
assembly from the shoe, for any reason, the reverse
procedure is followed.
As a result of my invention it will be seen that there is
provided an improved shoe construction having an efîec- '
-tive fastening device incorporated therewith and having
means for concealing the same so as to enhance material
ly the appearance of the shoe at a minimum cost.
While I have shown and described an embodiment
which my invention may assume in practice, it will be
understood that this embodiment is merely for the pur
pose of illustration and description, and that other forms
maybe devised with the scope of my invention as defined
in the appended claims.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. In a shoe, a pair of flap portions having their op
posed edges spaced apart so as to provide an elongated
opening therebetween, one of said flap portions having an
extension carried thereby which is adapted to overlap the
tions 26 of the manipulating member 17 which parallel
portions are sprung and in engagement with the marginal 20 opening and the other of said flap portions, a fastening
device arranged in said opening consisting of a pair of
tiange portions of the rigid member 19 so as to lock the
spaced
apart arm-like members with one attached to the
manipulating member in locked position and `to prevent
edge of each of said flap portions, a manipulating member
unintentional movement thereof.
pivotally attached to one end of said arm-like members,
Each of the arm-like portions 9 and It) of the wire
a rigid member having one end thereof pivotally attached
member 8 are reversely bent, as at 6i?, so as to provide
to
said manipulating member on the inner side thereof
arm-like portions 5i and 62 which are spaced from the
at a spaced distance from its pivotal connection with said
respective arms 9 and 10. On the free end of each of
arm-like members, and means carried by said manipulat
these arm-like portions 61 and 62, there is formed a hook
ing
member on the outer side thereof for receiving said
like portion 63 and 64, respectively, which detachably en
gage and cooperate with the wire member at the sides of 30 extension when the fastening device is closed so as to
conceal the opening and the fastening device.
the oval shaped porti-on adjacent the trunnion portion 16
2. In a shoe, a pair of hap portions having their op»
at each side thereof to form in cooperation with the re
posed
edges spaced apart so as to provide an elongated
spective arms 9 and ltì‘ a closed loop-like portion, as
opening therebetween, one of said flap portions having an
more clearly shown in FIG. 3 of the drawings for the pur
extension carried thereby which is adapted to overlap the
pose of attaching the assembly to a shoe in a manner to
opening and the other of said ñap portions, a fastening
be described.
device arranged in said opening consisting of a pair of
According to the present invention, there is provided
spaced apart arm-like members with one attached to the
an elongated loop-like portion 70 having the ends thereof
edge of each of said flap portions, a manipulating member
attached to the ends of the manipulating member 17, as at
pivotally attached to one end of said arm-like member, a
71 and 72, in any suitable manner, so as to provide a 40
space 73 between the outer side of the manipulating mem
ber 17 and the inner side »of the loop~like portion 70 for
receiving the extension 74 of the flap portion 3 of the
shoe when the fastening device is closed, as shown in
FIGS. 1 and 4 of the drawings. That is to say, this eX
tension 74 is inserted in the space 73 in under the loop 70
when the fastening device is closed so as to cover and
conceal the fastening device and shoe opening and in such
position it will be seen that it overlaps the opposed iiap
portion 2.
The fastening device is assembled in the shoe in the
following manner. There is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 of
rigid member having one end thereof pivotally attached
to said manipulating member on the inner side thereof at
a spaced distance from its pivotal connection with said
arm-like members, means arranged on the opposite end of
said rigid member slida-bly engaging both of said arm-like
members, and elongated loop portion carried by said ma
nipulating member on the outer side thereof into and
through which said flap extension is adapted to be dis
posed when the fastening device is closed so as to conceal
the opening and the fastening device.
3. In a shoe, a pair of ñap portions having their op
posed edges spaced apart so as to provide an opening
therebetween, each of said ilap portions having a longitu
the drawings the shoe of the present having a side instep
dinally extending slot arranged in the marginal edge
opening, side instep or ñap portions 2 and 3 to either side
thereof which is open at each end, one of said flap por
of the opening and an inner tongue T. The edges of these 55 tions having an extension carried thereby which is adapted
ñap portions 2 and 3 bordering the opening are preferably
to overlap the opening and the other of said flap portions,
folded upon themselves so as to provide longitudinally
a fastening device arranged in said opening between the
extending slots or openings »t- and 5, respectively, between
marginal edges of said flap portions, said fastening device
the folds of the ñaps which slots extend throughout the
comprising a resilient slide wire member bent to a sub
length of the opening and the flap portions, as more clear 60 stantially V-shape so as to provide a pair of spaced-apart
ly shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 of the drawings.
arm portions integrally connected together at one end by
In assembling the fastening device in the shoe, the arm
a transversely extending trunnion portion, the free end of
lilte portions 6l. and d4 are inserted into the upper end of
each of said arm portions being reversely bent and ex
the respective slots 4 and 5 in the flap portions of the
tending down into and through the respective longitudi
shoe and moved therethrough until the extreme outer
naliy extending slots in opposed marginal edges `of said
ends thereof carrying the respective hook-like portions 63
flap portions, moans arranged on the extreme outer ends
and 64 protrude beyond the lower ends of the respective
of each of said reversely bent portions which engage said
slots. The hook-lille portions 63 and 64 are then moved
wire member adjacent the trunnion portion to each side
to position into the oval shaped portion of the wire mem
thereof whereby the said `wire member is detachably at
ber so that these hook-shaped portions are disposed around 70 tached to the flap portions of the shoe, a manipulating
member having means arranged on the lower end thereof
and engage the wire member adjacent the trunnion por
for pivotally attaching the same to the trunnion portion
tion 16. As a result, it will be seen that each of the arm
of said wire member, a rigid member having one end
like members 51 and 62 in cooperation -with the respec
thereof pivotally attached to said manipulating member
tive arm-like portions 9 and 10 form a closed loop-like
at a spaced distance from lits pivotal connection with sa'id
portion at each side of the shoe opening so as to securely
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trunnion portion, means arranged on the opposite end of
said rigid member slidably engaging the arms of said
Wire member for opening and closing the assembly, means
carried by said manipulating member which co-operates
with means carried by said rigid member for locking the
manipulating member in its closed position substantially
side for receiving the iiap extension consists of an elon
parallel to the arms of said wire member over the open
ing in the shoe, and means carried by said manipulating
member `on the outer side thereof for receiving said flap
extension when the fastening device is closed so as to 10
conceal the opening and the fastening device.
4. The combination as deñned in claim 3, wherein the
means carried by the manipulating member on> the outer
gated loop portion añixed to the manipulating member
into and through which said iiap extension is adapted to
«be disposed.
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
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Ottinger ____________ __ May 22, 1934
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Ron'ci _______________ __ Aug. 4, 1959
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