US 1458257 A
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June 12, 1923.
J. VAN MELLE RUBBER HEEL Filed April 18, 1922 Patented June 12, 1923.
* risers? JEAN VAN MELLE, OF DUIBU QUE, IOWA.
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Application filed April 18, 1922. Serial-No. 554,690.
T all whom it may concern Be it known that citizen of the United States, residing at. Du-
in buying buque, in the county of Dubuque and State of Iowa, has invented certain new and useful Improvements in Rubber Heels, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to a resilient heel for shoes, and has for its primary object to provide a resilient tread adapted to be applied to the heel of a shoe, which will afford in a marked degree the desirable qualities of resiliency, durability, evenness of wear an vatlord'security to the wearer against slip- Til the construction of rubber heels, great objection has been found to same, on t e ground that same do not prevent slipping, also the fact that within a short time after being applied to the heel of the shoe, begins to wear on the rear of same, which results of a new pair of heels or wearing a shoe that gives thewearer an uneven footing. 1 have designed my rubber heel to avoid these objectionable features, by inserting a rotary rubber plug within the body of the rubber heel and having the rotary plug extend a slight distance beyond the tread surface of the body of the rubber heel, and having the surface of the rotary tread portion provided with a corrugation or serrated face, to prevent slipping on wet pavements, etc. By the use of the rotary plug, the same can be rotated when one part wears which is always adjacent the rear of the heel, to bring an unused part of the rotary plug into position adjacent the rear of the heel.
A further object of my invention is to provide a rubber heel of the above described character, that is simple in construction, easily attached to the heel. of a shoe, durable, eflicient for the purpose intended'and one that can be manufactured and placed on the market at a relatively low cost.
These and like objects of my invention will be better understood as the description proceeds, and as is specifically pointed out in the appended claim. 7
Referring to the accompanying drawing, which forms a part of this specification,
Figure 1 is a plan view of the bottom or tread portion of my improved rubber heel.
Figure 2 is a sectional View of the pre- JEAN VAN MELLE, a
ferred embodiment of my invention applied to "the heel of a shoe.
, Figure 3 illustrates in sectionthe various pprts; of whichthe rubber heel is composed o r I Figure 4: is a plan view plates positioned between and the heel of the shoe.
Referring to the drawings in detail, like numerals will be used to designate like parts in the different views,
The numeral 1 indicates a shoe of the of the metallic the rubber heel d usual construction that is supplied with the usual leather heel 2. The numeral 3 designates as a whole my improved rubber heel, which consists of a rubber body 3 that is so shaped as to conform to the tread portion of the leather "heel, and the rubber body 3 is provided with a circular opening i extending all the way through the same and the said opening is located adjacent the rear of the rubber body. A metal plate 5 which is of such shape as to conformto the shape of the leather heel 2 and the rubber heel 3, is positioned between the two and is provided with openings 6, that are adapted to aline with openings 7'in the rubber body 3, so that nails or other fastening means may be driven through the rubber heel and metal plate into the leather heel 2 of the shoe. The periphery of ed with a series of V-shaped tonguesstruck out of same and bent at right angle to the plate 5. These tongues 8 are adapted to the metal plate 5 is providbe molded within the rubber body 3', as indicated at 9.
A circular rubber plug 10, that is provided with a serrated tread portion 11, is inserted within the circular opening 4 from the rubber body 3, and is secured therein by means of a star shaped plate 12 and a screw 12, which is positioned within a recess 13 formed in the circular rubber plug. The
. tread portion 11 of the circular rubber plug 10, extends a slight distance beyond the tread portion of the rubber body 3', so that the serrated edge 11 offers a firm grip to the wearer of my improved rubber heel on a slippery or wet pavement. When a portion of the circular rubber plug 10 starts to wear, all that is necessary is to loosen up on the fastening screw 12', rotate the circular plug around to such a position that an unworn 'tain position as to receive portion of the plug will be brought into cerfurtherobjects or explanation as to the op;
eration of the invention is unnecessary.
Nhile I have shown and described "the preferred embodiment of my invention, I realize that various m-inorbhanges may be resorted to, without departing fIOlTl the spirit and scope of theinvention as claimed, therefore, I do not wish to limitrnyself to the exact details of construction shown, nor
to the combination and arrangement of Pa t the greatest I/Vhat I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent is:-
In a detachable resilient shoe heel, a'rubher body conforming tothe shape'of a heel and provided with a circular opening, a
metal plate series of ll-shaped tongues struck body, a from the metal body and molded within the rubherbody, said metal plate provided with JEAN VAN positioned on top of the rubber