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J1me 25, 1963
s. REIECHE'L
.
3,094,793
MEANS FOR SECURING TOP LIFTS we sacs HEELS
Filed. June 20, 1961
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Affair.
United States Patent 0 "ICC
3,094,793
Patented June 25, 1963
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, secured thereto by means of a surrounding sleeve with the
3,094,793
MEANS FOR SECURING TOP LIFTS T0
SHOE HEELS
Siegmund Reichel, Bensberg-Refrath, Germany, assignor
‘ lower end of the sleeve embedded in the top lift,
FIG. 2 is a crosssectional view taken on line 2-2 of
FIG. 1, showing the lower ?anged end of the sleeve,
FIG. 3 is a detail sectional view similar to FIG. 1,
. showing an inwardly directed annular ?ange spaced from
Germany, a ?rm
the lower end of the sleeve and embedded in the top lift,
Filed June 20, 1961, Ser. No. 118,347
FIG. 4 is a detail sectional view similar to FIG. 1,
Claims priority, application Germany Sept. 6, 1960
showing an inwardly directed annular bead on the sleeve
2 Claims. (Cl. 36-36)
10 inter?ttingly engaged with the upper end of the top lift,
FIG. 5 is a detail sectional view similar to FIG. 4
This invention relates to certain new and useful im
but showing a dowel projection on the top lift, received
provements in means for securing top lifts to shoe heels
in a recess in the shoe heel, and
and particularly to heels of ladies’ shoes.
FIG. 6 is a detail sectional view similar to FIG. 5 but
It has heretofore been the practice of securing top
lifts on the heels of ladies’ shoes by driving in thin nails 15 showing the dowel pin having a headed end embedded
to Acla-Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Cologne-Mulheim,
so as to more satisfactorily secure the covering leather of
in the top lift.
As illustrated in the accompanying drawing, the ladies’
shoe heel 1 is covered in the conventional manner by
leather 2 or similar material and the leather covering
become exposed, resulting in damage to ?oors and other
hesive is placed between the sleeve 5, heel covering 2,
or a single thick pin through the top lift into the shoe
heel proper and for larger size top lifts use was also made
of an adhesive between the lift and the shoe heel proper
the heel body by means of the top lift. With the use of 20 extends inwardly for a short distance over the lower end
of the heel 3 as illustrated in all of the ?gures.
nails or pins, the heads thereof were usually embedded to
To secure the top lift 4 to the lower end of the heel
some degree in the top lift and constituted the retaining
1, there is provided a sleeve 5, preferably metallic, and
means for the top lift. In many instances, the top lift
having a cross-sectional con?guration corresponding to
is displaced relative to the heel after a short period of
time and such action generally bends the retaining nails 25 the shape of the heel as illustrated in FIG. 2, and this
sleeve 5 extends upwardly on the heel for a short dis
or other elements with the ultimate loss of the heel lift.
tance as illustrated to protect the leather or other covering
Also, the previous methods employed in mounting heel
2. The lower end of the sleeve has an inwardly directed
lifts on shoe heels embodied pins and nails driven through
?ange 6 that is set into the top lift 4 to retain the lift
the heel lift into the shoe heel and when the heel lift
would wear down, the heads of the nails or pins would 30 in assembled relation with the sleeve and a suitable ad
tread surfaces.
the bottom 3 of the heel and the upper surface of the
top lift 4. The sleeve initially has frictional contact with
The primary object of the present invention is to im
the lower end of the shoe heel and by the application of
prove the means for attaching top [lifts to shoe heels and
particularly heels of the spindle type where the top lifts 35 an adhesive the sleeve is securely attached to the shoe
heel, and by its inter?tting connection 6 with the top lift
are quite small, and to effect ‘the attachment of the ex
4, the top lift is securely and safely retained in assembled
tremely small top lift to a shoe of such character there
relation with the shoe heel.
is provided a sleeve, preferably metallic, that surrounds
In the form of invention shown in FIG. 3, the sleeve 7
the lower end of the shoe heel to protect the leather
that surrounds the lower end of the heel 1 has an in
covering thereof and also surrounds the upper portion
wardly directed ?ange 7a spaced from the lower end of
of the top lift with the lower end of the sleeve terminating
the sleeve 7 that is embedded in the top lift 8, with the
in spaced relation to the tread surface of the top lift.
lower end of the sleeve terminating in a su?iciently spaced
It is a further object of the invention to provide a metal
distance from the tread surface of the top lift. In this
lic sleeve to surround the lower end of the spindle type
shoe heel and the upper end of a top lift with an inter 45 form of the invention an adhesive is also employed be
tween the various elements.
?tting connection between the sleeve and top lift and
As illustrated in FIG. 4, the sleeve 9 has ‘an inwardly
with the top [lift and sleeve further anchored in position
directed bead 9a intermediate its upper and lower ends
through vthe medium of an adhesive.
with the bead lying juxtaposed to the bottom of the shoe
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
means for securing top lifts to shoe heels preferably of 50 heel 1 and inter?ttingly engaging the upper end of the
top lift 10 by entering a recess 10a therein.
the spindle type by providing a dowel extension on the
As illustrated in FIG. 5, the means for securing a top
top lift to enter a pocket in the shoe heel with a metallic
lift
to a shoe heel of the foregoing character comprises
sleeve surrounding the lower end of the shoe heel and
the sleeve 9 with the inwardly directed bead 9a that en
the upper end of the top lift and inter?ttingly engaged
55 gages in the recess 10a in the top lift 11. In this form
therewith.
of the invention a dowel 12 rises from the top lift 11 and
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
is received in a guide tube 13 mounted in the lower end
means for securing top lifts to shoe heels of the fore
of the heel 1, the sleeve 9 surrounding the lower end of
going character wherein a metal pin has a headed end
the heel 1 and the upper end of the top lift 11. It will
thereof embedded in a top lift and received in a guide
be understood that adhesive is employed in anchoring all
tube set into the lower end of the shoe heel with the metal 60 of the elements in position, such as the sleeve 9, the dowel
lic sleeve surrounding the lower end of the heel and the
12 and the tubular member 13.
upper end of the top lift and inter?ttingly engaged with
In the form of invention illustrated in FIG. 6, the shoe
the top lift.
heel is similar to the disclosure in FIGS. 4 and 5, the
With the above and other objects in view that will be 65 sleeve 9 having the inwardly directed bead 9a inter?tting
come apparent as the nature of the invention is better un
with the top lift 15 and in this top lift the head 14a of
derstood, the same consists in the novel form, combina
tion and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully de
scribed, shown in the accompanying drawing and claimed.
In the accompanying drawing:
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary longitudinal sectional view
of a ladies’ shoe heel of the spindle type with the top‘ lift
a metallic pin 14 is embedded, the pin 14 extending up
wardly into the tubular member 13 secured in the body
of the shoe heel 1. Again, an adhesive is employed for
70 securing all pants together.
From the above detailed description of the invention,
it is believed that the construction and operation thereof
3,094,793
will at once ‘be apparent, ‘and while there are herein
shown and described the preferred embodiments ‘of the
invention, it is to be understood that changes may be
made therein, such as will fall Within the scopeof the
invention as claimed.
0
What is claimed is:
1. ‘In combination, a heel having a‘lower terminal hear
ing surface, a lift juxtaposed 2011 the flower bearing sur
face of said heel, and a rigid centering and securing sleeve
compressively circumposed about thejuxtaposed surfaces
of said ‘heel and lift, said ‘rigid sleeve being of unitary con
struction and terminating above the adjacent surface of
said lift and rigidly connected to said heel.
of said heel and lift, said rigid sleeve being of unitary
construction and terminating above the adjacent surface
of said lift and rigidly connected to said heel, and an
inwardly directed annular ?ange on the inner side of the
sleeve intermediate the upper and lower ends of the sleeve
and embedded in the top lift intermediate the upper and
lower ends thereof.
References Cited in the ?le of this .patent
'UNITED STATES PATENTS
10
2,767,488
3,043,024
Meltzer ______________ ‘Oct. 23, 1956
Hang _______________ .__ Jttly ‘10, 1962
v960,159
lFranoe ______________ __ Oct. 17, 1949
FOREIGN PATENTS
2. In combination, a heel'having a lowerterminal hear
ing surface, a lift juxtaposed on the lower bearing surface 15
of said heel, and a rigid centering an'd'securing sleeve
compressively circumposed about the juxtaposedsur'faces
557,100
Belgium _____________ __ May 15, 11957
1,099,393
I Germany ____________ __ Feb. 9, '1961
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