US 2491280 A
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Dec. 13, 1949 J. ROTH 2,491,280
` y socx LININQ Filed Feb. 18, 194s Patented Dec. 1.3, 1949 socK LININ'G Jack L. Roth, Cincinnati, Ohio, assignor to Roth,
Rauh & Heckel, Inc., Ripley,
.tion of Ohio Ohio, a corpora- Application February 18, 1946, Serial No. 648,409
2 claims. (c1. afs-3v) which objects underthe sock lining can beobserved. I
The sock lining is a piece of material cut to the shape of the foot which iits inside a shoe and forms the portion of the shoe which comes in direct contact with the bottom of the wearers sock or stocking. It is common to have printed matter such as the name or trade mark of the manufacturer and the shoe size printed on the upper surface of the sock lining. Since the sock lining is positioned directly beneath the wearers foot, its surface is rubbed and scuffed by the wearers foot, and printing and other indicia on the sock lining are rapidly removed and obliterated.
It is a principal object of this invention to provide a sock lining with which printed matter can be associated in such a manner that the printed matter remains legible during the life of the shoe and is not quickly rubbed o when the shoe is worn.
In many types of shoes, particularly womens shoes of the orthopedic type, pads of resilient material are placed between the sock lining and the shoe sole to insure proper support for the foot. If one of these pads becomes displaced the foot is supported improperly. Therefore, it is of value to be able at all times to determine the position of these pads, and it is a further object of this invention to provide means by which the position of foot supporting pads under the sock lining can readily be ascertained.
Accordingly this invention provides a sock lining having transparent windows of flexible material under which printed matter can be ailxed and through which the position of supporting pads can be seen.
With the above features and objects iny view the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawing which illustrates a preferred embodiment of the invention, and will more specifically be pointed out in the claims.
Figure 1 is a top plan view showing a sock lining having windows constructed in accordance with the invention.
Figure 2 is a bottom plan View, partly broken away to show resilient pads associated with the sock lining illustrated in Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken along the line 3-3 in Figure 1.
Figure 4v is a sectional view taken along the line 4 4 in Figure 1.
As illustrated in Figure l the sock lining includes ,a body section I0, which is constructed of leather or leather'ette or other material Lof the type conventionally used for sock linings. The heel portion is cut away and a transparent window II forms the heel section of the sock lining. This window is constructed of tough flexible, transparent plastic material. For example, it may be constructed of a polyvinyl type resin. However, this invention is not to be limited by the particular type of material used for the window. Any suitable tough, flexible, transparent material may be used without departing from the spirit of the invention; and the invention is not to be limited except as pointed out in the claims.
Underneath the window II, as shown at I2, is placed whatever printed matter is desired. The location of the printed matter can be seen most clearly by reference to Figure 3. The printing is placed under and attached to the window and thus is protected by the plastic material of the window above it and cannot be scuied or rubbed as the shoe is worn.
Additional windows I3 and I4 (Figure 1) are provided to cover supporting pads. The windows are attached to the body section of the sock lining by stitching I5. As shown in Figures 2 and 3 a pad of sponge rubber IB or other resilient material is placed beneath the window I4. A pad II supports the arch of the foot end, as shown in Figure 4, may be formed of two layers of resilient material I8 and I9, which form a thick central portion where the two layers overlap and thin portions at the ends of the arch where only a single layer of pad is located. A pad 20 is positioned under the window II and printed matter I2 and forms a heel support. The pads are held in place against the windows by a lower layer 2| (Figure 3) which surrounds the pads and holds them against the sock lining. Short adhesive strips may be employed, one strip to each pad. However, our preferred construction is that illustrated, in which a layer of the size and shape of the body section oi the sock lining is attached to the body section to give a laminated construction.
By means of windows I3 and I4 it is possible quickly and easily to observe the position of the pads beneath the sock lining and to determine Whether any of the pads have slipped out of position. Thus, a check can be made as to whether the pads are properly located to give proper support of the foot.
The use of a lower layer or lamination under the body section of the sock lining is not a disadvantage. On the contrary, the lower layer serves to strengthen the sock lining and holds the pads in place. In addition it holds the parts of the arch pad together While allowing the pad to ex thus improving the action of the arch pad.
The windows in the sock lining not only protect printed matter and trade mark indicia associated with the sock lining and permit the position of pads to be ascertained, but also provide a, feature for adding improved styling to the shoe. Thus, windows of various colors may be used to add color and beauty to the inside of a shoe. Various types of plastic material may also be used to vary the design and add to the style of the shoe.
Having described by invention, I claim:
1. A sock lining comprising an opaque body portion, a window in said body portion constructed of iiexible transparent material, printed matter aixed to the underside of said Window, and a pad of resilient material beneath said window and said printed material and attached to the sock lining.
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