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Nov, 29, 1932. STEVENSON 1,889,734
SPORT SHOE Filed March 26, 1932 l N VE NTO R /7d77d79l 6. Eff/92507? ATTORNEY Patented Nov. 29, 1932 UNITED T E MARGA ET c. STEVENSON, or nuNKrnx; new Yonx sron'r SHOE Application filed March26, 1932. Serial No. 601,308.
This invention relates to improvements in footwear and with regard to certain more specific features thereof to improvements in ticularly for use .in playing golf.
According to present day practices golf shoes are manufactured either largely of leather with fabric linings or of canvas with treads of leather ortreads of various comositions of plastics hardened to a resistant fiexible mass, or they may be almost entirely of rubber composition or combinations of rubber and canvas. The present invention may be carried out in connection with any of the known manufacturingmethods used in the production of golf shoes. I
The trend in the playing of golf is definitely away from the use of wet sand or clay to slightly elevate the golf ball for driving purposes and toward the use of some specially manufactured device which-is carried around the course by the player and used as needed to prop the ball slightly away from the ground.
By farrthe most popular of such devices is a peg having a tapered end by which it may be forced into the ground and an enlarged head with concaved upper surface to receive and temporarily hold the'ballin' position for'the drive. These pegs or tees are usuallyine'xw pensively, constructed of'woocl and are'jin discriminately :used as many of them are carried away by the swing of the club in driving and'the player ignores their recovery. The player starts, therefore, with anumber of these wooden tees and hereand there loses one and here and thererecovers one left. by
a preceding player. Although this type of. tee is acknowledged as an improvement over the old clay tee it nevertheless presents an 0 annoyance in that several of them must be carried around the course and must be located in the person leaving the players hand free to use the golf clubs. Women players are frequently without pockets for the accommodation of these tees and in any event pockets have proven very unsatisfactory as receptacles for them. Often the tee is retrieved from the ground with wet dirt clinging to it.
If this goes into the pocket it contaminates various: other articles. Also the .players sport shoes or appurtenances therefor, parhands become grimy in the progress of the game and constantlyrepeateduse of themto take the. tees out of the pocket. soils the. marginal area ofthe pocket so that crash orlinen knickersor fiannels orlight colored sweaters and j ackets V are unfit for further wean; :In addition to this the tees-are small and become involvecl with other articlesiin the pocket so that they are not readily located. A a A j ur V Arrangement of the tees at certain parts of the body is dangerous owingto the sharp points of the tees and the liability of injury in swinging the clubsand in the frequent lsotoltlipingnecessary toadjust or recover the a The present inventionfhas for one of its objects to provide a simple and inexpensive means for holdingthe pointed tees :on the "f I shoe of a player in such manner'as to avoid m ury to the player and avoid loss of the tees in carrying them around the course. -Another object ofthe invention is to provide a shoe with a plurality of exterior pockets or loops so arrangedthat a multiplicity a of pointed tees maybe carried therein with-' out discomfort to the wearer of theshoe and without any substantial lateral overhang of the tees which wouldjtend to interfereawith' anornial walking action and tend to catch on extraneous matter. y i More specificallythe invention has for an object the modification of the vamp portion of a shoe upper'to receiveand hold a-golf tee and still more specifically it has'the object of modifying'the shoe'upper for the reception and frictional holding of a plurality of tees on one or both'sides of the shoe. 7 a
Thefinvention accordingly consists in the various features .of construction, combinations of elements and arrangements of parts exemplified by the device shown in the .accompanying drawing and hereinafter: d'escribed and the scope of the application of which is indicated in the appended claims, 95 In the drawing wherein is illustrated one of various possible embodiments of the in: vention:,..- x
Figure leis a viewinplanof a pair of sport shoes embodying theinvention. 1
. loops 28. Y p 30 preferably attached so as to be over them Fig. 2 is a view in side elevation of one of the shoes depicted in Fig.1, showing the inher side, and p Fig. 3 is atop plan view of the shoe shown 5 in Fig. 2.
The shoe shown in the drawing is constructed mainly of leather and comprises the sole 10, heel 11 andupper 12; The upper has the usual quarters 13, counter 14 and vamp m 15 with toe-cap 16'. Theshoe upper is. provided with a front closure formed by a lacing opening provided in the vamp having short flaps 17 secured to or formed on the vamp at the opening adapted to, be brought together 15 or closely adjacent to each other over a tongue 19--by 'l'aci ng 1'8. Diagonal trim strips 20 reinferce; the va-mp and oneof them covers the seambetweenthevamp and the quarters. As
so fardescribed the shoe is of conventional 6 construction. Along the vamp, ad acent the lacing openin and on what may be termed the; oute'rsi'de of the shoe, a strip of thin fiexiblel'eather is stitched; to the upper by stitching-linesQG at each end ofthe strip and 5 by intermediate spaced parallel lines of SliltClling 27 between each of which the flexible leather strip is slightly bowed to form withthe'upper surface of the vamp a ser es of This exteriorl'y applied strip is step of a wearers foot and the loops are formed to receive and grippingly holdj pointedjpegs or tees 30; theloops being arranged in an oblique direction relative to the lacing opening or-front closure andalso relative to the longer dimension of'theshoe so thatthe tees or pegs are retained in a 13081131011 such that the longer dimenslon thereof is oblique relative to the lacing; opening and thelonger' dimension of the shoe,
9n the inner sideof the shoe, and adjacent thelacin g opening, a similarstripmay'be arranged but' according to a preferred form of theinvention the peg-holder applied to the inner sideofthe shoe is constructedof a series of independent loops each formed: by bendmg a shortstrip 31 back on itself, matching its ends, and then securing the matched ends as bystitching to a'conimon strip32which latter is stitched to the vamp in position to be substantially over-the instep of the wearers foot. The matched ends of the strips 31 are indicated in dotted lines by the numeral 33 on the holder for the foremost peg. Therema-i-nder of the matched ends are not shown forthe sakeof clearn'essin-the illustration.
The introduction of the pegs to the holder on the inner side of the shoe causesthe loops of strips 31 to assume an angular relationwith 0 the" matched ends due to engagement of the are sufficiently close to the vamp so that in troduction of the pointed and headed golf tees involves a slight wedging action and a frictional. contact of the tees not only with the loops but with the upper surface of the vamp as well. Preferably the loops or pockets areearound or-over the shanks ofthe tees when thelattei are-inposition. -The-enlarged heads of the tees prevent them from passing downwardly oroutwardlythrough the loops.
By the above described construction pro- Vision is made for receiving and grippingly holding rows of golf tees on one or both sides of the foot, in such manner that the tees of either row lie in substantial parallelism with their-pointed. shafts'oblique to the. center line of: the lacing; strip.- andlonger dimension of the shoe. The tees'obviously are held at the instep. portion of the foot and therefore do not interfere orcause any annoyance to the wearer duringwalkin The pressure: exerted by the tees inobtainingthe frictional holda ing effect is insuiiicient to cause annoyance to the weareryet suitable tothe purpose of retainingthe tees-in position. If desired the wedging action maybe eliminated andthe length anddirection of-the tees depended upon to hold them in position as the player walks along.
. Although. the invention has been decanizing'ofthe complete shoe, eliminating all stitching operations. Due to. the irregularity of theshape of the foot atf the region of at! taclimentof the tee-holding pockets or loops it has been found desirable to arrange the loops onthe inner side o'f theshoe so that the tees will be. directed forwardly and down wardly'and to arrange the lo ops on the outer side oftheshoe so that the tees'will be di} rected rearwardly. and downwardly, but the inventionis not limited to this particular arrangement. 1 F T If desired the tee holders may. be; con.- structed as removable, units attachable by snap fasteners, hooks or buttons or in other suitable manner. I v
e What isclai-med is:
' 1. A sportshoe having a front closure and a plurality of loops of flexible material mountedon theshoe upper. atone'side'of the front, closureand adapted to receive and grip;- pingly: hold golf tees,.'said loopsbeing obliquely disposed relative to said closure and the longer dimension of the shoe. 7
2. In a sport shoe provided with a lacing opening in the upper, means for holding golf tees comprising flexible loops secured to the upper adjacent the lacing opening and arranged obliquely relative to said opening and the longer dimension of the shoe.
3. A sport shoe having a lacing opening and a plurality of flexible loops adapted to hold golf tees secured to the upper on opposite sides of the lacing opening, said loops being so formed and arranged on the shoe that the golf tees on one side of said opening are arranged in a direction oblique to the longer dimension of the shoe and the tees on the opposite side of said opening are also arranged in an oblique direction relative to the longer dimension of the shoe but opposite that of said first named tees.
4Q A sport shoe comprising an upper having a front closure, and a plurality of flexible golf tee holding loops secured to the upper adjacent the front closure and adapted to grippingly hold golf tees-over the instep of the wearer, said loops being so arranged as to position the tees with the longer dimension thereof oblique relative to the front closure and the longer dimension of the shoe.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand.
MARGARET C. STEVENSON.