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4 W. S. H. DOODY.
SANDALYOR SLIPPEH. APPLICATION FILED ocT. 22. I92o.
Patented Feb. 28, '1922.'
. /N VE N TOR W///am 5/2//765/ Howard Dandy IMM UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE- WILLIAM SIDNEY HOWARD DOODY, OF SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA.
SANDAL OR SLIPPER.
.This invent-ion relates to sandals or slippers. Its object is to provide a sandal or slipper' which may be constructed cheaply and is provided with fastening straps ad- Ajustable in relation to the foot of the wearer.
Sandals or slippers in accordance with the invention comprises` a sole; a toe strap secured at one end to-'the sole; a pair of instep straps secured at one of their ends to opposite sid'esfof the shank of the sole;an elon-v y gated tie link of metal or a tie link of elastic and instep lstraps are attached; and a pair lof straps for the sides of the foot, one of material to which the other ends of the toe l the respective ends of which is secured to v stri s of dried tea. or ti tree bark.
,. "opposite sides of theforepart of the'sole, and
the other ends 'are attached to the tie link.
A strap ma 'also be provided at the heel .i of thesanda or slipper, adapted to be connected by instep straps. 4
The face vof the sole is' constructed' cfa l strip of leather, rubber orcanvas which .is'j
an elasticl orother cord to the preferably reinforced by a' backing' stri -or' is obtainable from the aper-bark tree or so-called tea or ti tree elleuca 'Leuca-l dendron, variety Albz'da). The reinforcing material'is covered by a stri of cotton, linen, canvas or other ysuitable abric. The sole reinforcing material and covering therefor are joined to each other at Itheir edges by stitching or otherwise.
If the sandal or slipper. :is to be waterproofed, the materials of' which it is constructed are treated to render them water-l prpoih n t e accompanyl drawing, Fig. 1 is a perspective View of e sandal or slipper;
Fig. 2 a detail view showing a' fastening link:
for the front straps of the sandal or slipper, the link being ositioned to adaptthe sandal or slipper fier feet of bro-ad width; Fig. 3 a detail view similar to Fig. 2 but showing the fastening link positioned to adapt the sandal or slip 'per for wear by a person having feet of wear by a person having.-
narrow width; Fig. 4 a longitudinal section of the s andal or slipper; ig. 5 a broken perspective view of the front portion'of a sandal or slipper of similar construction to that shown in Fig. l but with an elastic ring fastening link; and Fig. 6 is a detail plan view of the ring linkfastening shown in Fig. 5;
The'sole l of the slipper or sandal consists of a strip of leather, rubber, or canvas, backed with a reinforcing strip of ti or tea tree bark 2for other suitable material; the bark is-covered by a strip of cot-ton, linen,
-or canvas fabric 3. At the forepart of vthe sandal is a toe strap 4 and side straps 5 and 6, and extending from thev shank of the sandal are the instep straps 7 and 8.v The rear of the sandal carries the heel strap 9. One end of each said straps is secured between the sole 1 of the sandal and the reinforcing strip 2 therefor. The sole l and the reinforcing and' cover strips 2 and 3 are preferably sewn together at their edges by stitching such as 10. d, The respective straps ma be of leather or canvas.
ach of the straps is formed with a loop -11 at its free end. Theseloops may be formed by folding the respective free lends of y the straps and uniting the separate overfolded ends by an eyelet 12. The looped Specication of Letters Patent. Patented Feb. 28, 1922.
appnauqn mea october 22,l 1920. serial No. 418,844. i
ends of the straps 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are coul fpled to a metal link 13 or to a rin of rubber or similarelastic material 14. f a metal coupling'link is utilized it may be of elliptic or spheroid or other suitable shape; the link must, however, be elongated in one direction to permit the straps secured thereto to be adjusted to the'size ofthe feet of the wearer. The links 13 and 14 are capable of being turned in the loops 11 of the straps 4 to 8. When the link 13 is turned in a direction in which its longer axisfis lying transversely of the sandal or slipper as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the side straps .5 and 6 are loosened and the instep straps 7 and 8 are tightened, whereas when the link is lying in the opposite direction as shown in F ig.3l the straps 5 and 6 are tightened and the instep stra s 7 and 8 are loosened. The adjustment of t e slipper to be fitted to feet of varying width. The metal of the link 13 is preferably cir# cular in cross section though it may be made to any other preferred section.
A cord of elastic material 15 'having its free ends joined is threaded through the looped end of the heel strap 9and eyelet holes 16 in the instep straps 7 and S. Such cord extends around the ankles of the wearer of the sandal or-slipper.
To render the component parts of the sandal or slipper waterproof, the reinforc` ing strips of tea or ti tree bark are treated with an oily or fatty substance. Such sub- 15a/stance may be applied to the bark 'either by rubbing it into same or by immersing the bark in a bath of the substance. The respective straps 4c to 9 are also similarly treated with an oily or fatty substance but preferably by immersing them in a bath of the substance. If the sole of the sandal or slipper consists of a strip of leather or canvas which is backed by a strip or strips of tea or ti tree bark, the face thereof in contact with the bark is also coated with an oily or fatty substance. The sole may, however, be constructed of a strip of rubber in which event it is unnecessary to treat it with the oily or fatty substance. The cover stripy of cotton, linen or canvas 3 is also impre ated with an oily or fatty substance. Said oily or fatty substance must beof such character that it will not impart any disagreeable odor to the parts of the sandal or slippertreated therewith. Parafiin wax has been found effective for the purpose.. When the cover strip 3 has been impregnated with the substance it may be placed on the strip of bark and caused to adhere thereto by pressure applied either by means of rollers or otherwise.
After the straps of the sandal or slipper have been treated with the oily or fatty substance their outer faces may be coated with thin varnish or like material. Similarly the ytween said `sole secured by stitching outer face of the strip 3 Ina/1y also be coatedy 1. A sandal or slipper comprising a sole secured by stitching to a backing strlp consisting of ti tree bark covered with cloth fabric, a toe strap, forepart straps at each side of the' sole,' instep straps extending from each side of the shank of the sole,.eac
ofsaid straps being secured at one end beand its backing strip and having aploop on its free end, and a metal coupling link elongated in one direction threaded through the loops of said strap and adjustable therein to permit loosening or tightening of said forepart or instep straps.
on the foot of the wearer of said sandal or slipper.
2. A sandal or slipper comprising a sole to a backing strip consisting of ti treebark covered with cloth fabric; a'toe strap; forepartstraps; instep straps extending of the sole; a heel strap at the rearof the sole; each of said straps being secured at one end between said sole and backing strip and' carrying a 4loop at its free end; a coupling-link threaded through the toe, forepart, and instep straps said link being so shaped lthat by changing its position an adjustment of said straps may be secured; said straps, sole,.and covered back ing strip being treated with an ol -nous tore-v from each side of the shank loops of said substance to render them waterproo andan elastic' cord securedrespectively to said heel strap and instep straps adapted to fit around the ankles sandal or slipper. A. y
In testimony whereof I have 4affixed my signature.
WILLIAM SIDNEY HOWARD DOODY.
of the wearer of said-l