US 2345057 A
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March 28, 1944. MARlNET-n 2,345,057
Filed Jan. 27, 1941 INVENTOR Edward Gioseph Marincii'z' was Mar. 28, 1944 snoa Edward Gioseph Marinetti, East Providence, R. l., assignor oi one-half to Arnold W. Jones and Company, Inc., Providence, R. L, a corporation of Rhode Island Application January 27, 1941, Serial No. 376,049
1 Claim. (Cl. 36-50) My invention relates to improvements in shoes.
While my invention may be employed with any type of a shoe, it is particularly adaptable for use in high shoes. such as those for military use.
An object of my invention is to incorporate in a shoe a separable slide fastener, capable of separating the wings of the upper for removal of or putting on the shoe, in a manner more pleasing and attractive than has been done hitherto.
A further object of my invention is to ihcorporate the slide fastener in the shoe in association with the usual shoe lace for adiustably varying the width of the instep of the shoe and in such a manner that the lacing predominates so as to provide a shoe differing only slightly in appearance from that of a standard type of shoe.
A further object of my invention is to provide a shoe simulating a standard type of shoe, which with the separable fastener incorporated therein, may be put on and taken off much faster than former types of shoes.
Affurther object of my invention is to provide a shoe wherein most portions of the shoelace employed therein are retained in a permanent laced position, so that there will be practically no wear on the shoelace in putting on or taking off the shoe, the shoelace only being moved at rare inter- 4 vals for adjustment.
While I am aware that others. have employed a separable slide fastener in a split leather strip having eyelets on each edge thereof as a separate attachment for a standard shoe, so far as I am aware I am the first to incorporate such a device in a shoe by replacing the usual tongue in a shoe by such a separable fastener device and thereby providing a device in which the instep adjustment may be provided by varying the tightness of the lacing.
These and such objects of my invention as mayhereinafter appear will be best understood from a description of the accompanying drawing, which illustrates an embodiment thereof.
In the drawing, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a shoe constructed in accordance with my invention in attached position on a foot.
Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the tongue portion thereof showing the slide fastener tongue thereof in a partially open position and in dotted lines how its lower end is attached to the vamp.
Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken through the lower portion of the tongue between the guideways and extending into the vamp.
Fig. 4 is a cross sectional view taken along the line 44 of Fig. 2.
In the drawing, wherein like characters of reference indicate like parts throughout. ll generally indicates a shoe constructed in accordance with my invention.
As stated hitherto. it is old in the art to provide a split leather strip having a slide fastener centrally thereof and eyelets along each edge thereof for detachable securement as an attachment to a shoe by superimposed lines of shoelaces joining the eyelets on each side of said strip with the usual shoe eyelets. In accordance with my invention, however, I "substitute a two part flexible leather tongue I! for the usual tongue and incorporate such assembly as the tongue of the shoe it. The shoe III has its upper l4 parted at the front as at it to provide the usual wings I8, and each of said wings I8 is provided with the usual row 20 of eyelets 22 along the edge thereof. The tongue i2 has its lower end 23 permanently secured to the vamp 24 in any suitable manner, such as by the stitching 26 and projects upwardly underneath the wings I! to substantially the top of the upper. Said two-part tongue i2 has an aligned row 28 of eyelets 2! intermediate each pair of edges thereof and a lining 42 of said tongue I2 underneath the slidable separable fastener 30 may be omitted.
In the preferred embodiment shown, the tongue i2 is preferably constructed as follows: The tongue comprises a lining layer 42 having a central split 46 extending to near the bottom end thereof and dividing said tongue lining layer into the respective portions 48. Said tongue has its lower end suitably secured to the vamp 24 in any suitable manner, such as by the line of stitching 2. Said tongue also includes a centrally split outer layer SU-spllt centrally by the parting line 52 into the separate portions 54. Each split portion 54 is provided with a separable slide fastener runway 56 on the inner edge thereof and is secured to each respecting lining layer 48 in any suitable manner as by the line of stitching 54 along the outer edge of each respective runway 56. Each split portion 54 is provided with a row 28 of eyelets 28 centrally thereof. The separable slide element 30 is slidable on said runways 58 to detachably Join the portions 54 together. Any suitable type of a=separate slide fastener of the Zipper, Talon, or other standard type may be employed. If desired, the split 46 in said inner layer may be offset from the center line thereof to beyond an edge of a rimway to form a free flap II on the edge of one portion underlying said runways 56 as shown in Fig. 4.
When the shoe is initially put on the foot there is no knot in the upper ends of the shoelace and the slide element 30 is at the bottom of its runway 56 for the insertion of the shoe on the foot. The foot is then inserted, the separable slide element 30 is moved up to the top joining the wings l8 together, the shoelace tightened to the desired adjusted position in the eyelets 22 and 29 and the upper ends of the shoelace tied into the knot 40. It is obvious that with my invention a shoe may be varied for different size insteps by variations of the tightness of the shoelace. To take 01! the shoe it is merely necessary to undo the knot 40 and slide the slide element 30 downwards on its runways 56 when the shoe may be" readily withdrawn from the loot. If desired the upper ends or the shoelace may be suitably fastened to the shoe without tying them into a knot.
It is apparent that I have provided a novel type of shoe generally simulating in appearance that of a standard type of shoe which may be quickly taken oil! or removed and which provides a minimum amount of wear on the shoelace and has the other advantages specifically mentioned above.
It is understood that my invention is not limited to the specific embodiment shown and that various deviations may be made therefrom without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claim.
What I claim is:
In a shoe, an upper parted at the front to provide the usual wings, each having the usual row of eyelets along each edge of such opening, a single split tongue having its lower end permanently secured to the vamp and projecting upwardly underneath said wings and having eyelets along each outer edge thereof, and a separable slide fastener extending centrally thereof intermediate said eyelets detachably joining said split portions together.
EDWARD GIOSEPH MARINE'I'I'I.