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May 7, 1963
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3,088,639
SHOE HORNS
Filed May 27, 1960
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3,088,639
Patented May 7, 1963
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cementing it. This also makes a spindle 12 on which tc
3,088,639
SHOE HORNS
William Wait Sexton, 200 Maxome Ave, Willowdale,
Ontario, Canada
Filed May 27, 1960, Ser. No. 32,477
1 Claim. (Cl. 223-118)
roll the shoe horn strip 10‘. A holding band 14 to retain
it in its rolled up form is made from a smooth rubber
band 18 looped through a perforation 19 near the spindle
grip 12 and knotted as at 20‘ to provide the holding band
14.
When rolled up vas shown in FIG. 2 the shoe horn is
small in circumference. Attractive holding bands such
This device relates to shoe horns particularly those of
as colored silk covered elastic and the like may be used
a ?exible nature.
The thinner smoother and more ?exible the shoe born 10 in place of an ordinary rubber band.
In FIG. 3 a smooth extruded strip of tough pliable
the more e?icient it becomes. I-t conforms more readily
plastic is used for the shoe horn 10a. The strip 10a is
to the shape of the heel and takes less space between the
thin at the edges 21—21, and thickened at the centre 11a
vfoot and the shoe. There is less wear and tear in ?ne
to give extra ?exibility and strength where needed most.
hosiery, and the shoe horn is easier to withdraw when the
foot is in the shoe. With these facts the objects of the 15 The shoe horn strip 10a is attached with wire staples 22
or adhesive to a spindle 12a of wood or plastic which
invention are, ?rst: to provide in a shoe horn the utmost
extends outward 23—24 past the edges of the strip 110a
?exibility, thinness and smoothness without sacri?cing
strength and serviceability, also to provide handy facili
for turning with the ?ngers. The strip 10a is perforated
at 25 [for closer rolling adjacent the spindle 12a. One
ties for holding the shoe horn when in use, and also to
provide a simple and efficient means for rolling the thin 20 end of ‘a 'cord 26 is stapled or ‘glued to the end of the
spindle 12a and the other is pinched into one of the
?exible shoe horn into small compass when not in use,
jaws 27 of a metal clip 15 for holding the shoe horn
and to keep the shoe horn‘ wrinkle free for most ef?oient
when rolled up.
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use, ‘and also to provide for ‘holding the shoe horn in con
In FIG. 4 is a modi?cation of FIG. 3, in which a strong
venient, compact and attractive form, and to provide a
25 reinforcing strip 11b of smooth pliable plastic fabric or
shoe horn with these advantages at small cost.
the like, of the desired shape, is attached with suitable
I attain these objects by the novel ‘form, construction
pliable adhesive, stitching or heat sealing to the thin
and the arrangements of the parts shown in the drawings,
smooth pliable strip 10b forming the shoe horn.
in which—
Perforations 25b ‘are added to the strips 10b—11b for
FIGURE II shows the device in its simplest form,
30 easy rolling near the spindle 12b. The split spindle
FIGURE 2 shows FIGURE 1 in a rolled up form,
formed from wood or plastic is rounded 28 where the
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view showing an alternative
strips 10b-11b are inserted and staple-d 29 or glued to
embodiment with added reinforcing, perforations, spindle
and clips.
hold the spindle 12b halves :and strip 10b together.
A cord 30 is also inserted between the halves of 12b
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of a modi?cation of
35 at one end to hold an expanding metal or plastic band
FIGURE 3.
14a used to hold the rolled shoe horn. The cord 30 is
FIGURE 5 is an alternative embodiment with turning
cemented or pinched into the rolled end of the band 14a
knob and containing case.
at 31. The strip 10a in FIG. 5 is extruded plastic as in
FIGURE 6 is :a perspective view showing an elabora
FIG. 3, with a series of small perforations 32 across one
tion of FIGURE 5 with two turning knobs and a split
40 end. One prong 33 of a forked metal or plastic spindle
containing case.
FIGURE 7 is a perspective view showing FIGURE 6
in rolled up form in its case, and
120 is threaded through the perforations 32 in the strip
10a to form an attachment, the other prong 34 is used
to wind or roll the strip 10a about the spindle 120. The
a portion of the spindle in ‘FIGURE 6 and its shoe horn 45 ends of the prongs 33 and 34 are forced into matching
holes in a turning knob 113. The knob‘ 13 is formed to
attachment.
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extend into a cylindrical metal or plastic carrying case 16
In the following description similar numbers refer to
and hold the rolled shoe horn inside by frictionally engag
similar parts throughout the several views.
ing the inside of the case 16. The case 16 is attached to
The numeral 10 refers in all ?gures to a strip- of smooth
tough pliable material adapted for use as the shoe horn. 50 the ‘spindle 120 with ‘a cord 35 looped through the
spindle 12c, passed through a hole 36 in the case and
Longitudinal reinforcing 11a and 11b is added to thin
knotted 37.
strips 10a and 10b respectively, where required for extra
The shoe horn as shown in FIG. 6 has a resilient, tubu
strength. As a shoe horn of this type is not used to pry
lar, metal or plastic case 38 slit lengthwise 39‘ so that the
a ‘foot into a shoe, a handle of the usual type is not re
quired, therefore in this device a small ‘grip 12 is provided 55 shoe horn may be used without removing the case. The
case 38 also serves as a ?nger grip or handle as the ?exi
across one end for the ?ngers. It is very compact and
ble strip 100 passes in and out through the slit 39. When
adequate as very little pulling is required to ease the
rolled ‘up inside the case, as shown in FIGURE 7, the
heel into a shoe and pull out the pliable strip. The ?nger
free end of the strip 10c is left protruding enough for the
grip l12 is also used as a spindle about which the pliable
strip is rolled when not in use to keep it compact and 60 ?ngers to grasp for unrolling. If the strip 100 is corn<
pletely rolled within the tube 38 it may ‘be withdrawn
free from wrinkles. Knob 13 is added to spindle 120
endwise by springing it over a turning knob 130.
for easier turning. Containing band 14, and clip 15, or
The spindle 12d shown in FIG. 6 has turning knobs
tubular case 16 retains the shoe horn in rolled up form.
130 at each end shaped to ?t and turn freely in the tube
Referring more in detail to the alternative embodiments
of the invention; the shoe horn in FIG. 1 is simply made 65 38. The knobs 130 are also enlarged and extended be
yond the tube ends to hold the spindle 12d assembly in
of a thin smooth strip 10 of tough pliable material as
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary perspective view showing
polyethylene plastic, coated fabric, ?exible webbing and
the tube 38.
The unrolled shoe horn as shown in FIGURE 7 may
the like.
he slid into this slotted case 38 and then rolled up by
The length and width of the strip 10 may vary con
siderably, using short ones for shoes and longer ones for 70 turning the knobs.
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary view of the plastic spindle
overshoes. The grip 12 is made by tightly rolling the
12d used in FIG. 6. It is made by extruding a stilf plastic
end of the strip 10' and stitching, stapling as at 17 or
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material in the shape shown ‘12d with a hollow‘ centre 40
and rounded jaws 41-41 for holding a bead or rib‘ 42
formed across one end of the strip 10c by rolling :and glue
ing or heat sealing.
I am aware that prior to this invention, shoe horns
have been made with varying degrees of ?exibility but
none to my knowledge have approached the present in
vention in ?exibility, compactness and ease of handling
obtained with the combined spindle and grip for holding
and rolling and the slit tubular containing case which 10
said knobs shaped to ?t and turn in the ends of :a con
taining tube of 'a resilient material, said tube being slit
along one side for the passage of the ?exible strip through
the tube, the outward ends of the said knobs being ex
tended beyond ‘the tube ends and enlarged in diameter
to retain the spindle assembly in the containing case,
the said holding and turning knobs limited to a diameter
permitting them to be sprung lengthwise through the
resilient slit containing tube for removal or insertion of
the shoe horn either rolled or un‘rolled.
serves as both handle and carrying case.
There is a wide variety of suitable materials, too nu
merous to mention, therefore I do not Wish to limit my
invention to the exact form and combination of parts
described herein, as various modi?cations can be made 15
without departing from the spirit and scope of this in
vention.
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I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:
A ?exible shoe horn comprising a smooth thin strip of
tough pliable material having a rib at one end crosswise 20
its longitudinal axis, a hollow spindle slit lengthwise to
form two rounded jaws for holding the ribbed end of the
strip, knobs forced on each end of the said spindle, the
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