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M, KROELL LAOED SHOE.
APPLIULTION mum mm. 2a, 1908.
923,860., Patented June 8, 1909.
,gbly stitfen such tongue and thereby prevent it" hou UNITED STATES PATENT oFFIon.
nAazELL KROELL, or HAR'lWELL, OHIO.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, lllnaznnn KROELL, a citizen of the United States of America, and a resident of Hartwell, in the county-of Hamilton and State of Ohio, haveinvented certain .new and useful Im rovements in Laced Shoes, of which the ollowing is a specification. I
This invention relates to shoe lacings and tongues used in the 1; pers' of -open-front shoes and'the object t ereof' is to provide the tongue of an. open-front shoe with a means of support whereby it will not have a tendency to work downward on the ankle of the wearer nor wrinkle during the wearing of the shoe and, also, to provide means whereby the o posite ends of the lace or string can bedhly held or fastened in the upper part of the shoe-upper'without resorting to the ordinary practice of unoightly knotting that becomes loose and untied much to the annoyance and discomfort of the said wearer. 1
The invention consists in the provision of an open shoe-upper having the customary double course of eyelets, a tongue arran ed within the 0 on front and having ,suita le openin ma e therein, from bottom to to thereo a lace or string held or anchore midlength in a number of said 0 enings at the lower end of the tongue an with one end passed upwardly through the other openings. successively to the top of the tongue and leading outwardly from the up or edge of the Shoe and with the other on of such string duly threaded through said eyelets and leading-through-a loop'at the top of the tongue and both said endsbeing passed through loops along the upper edge of the shoe with the metal-tipped ends passed inwardly for pocketing and anchormg out of sight and relez'ising rontact with any objects.
The invention further consists in providing the tongue with transverse double stitches arranged in a \ertical series from top to bottom thereof and adapted to suitosswise wrinkling thereof, and, also, to at 3 1n the support of the tongue in a smooth 'ion bark of the open front of the shoeup e )tlfr features or the invention will be" fully hereinafter described in detail and ticularly pointed out in the claims. in tha. art-outpouring sheet of drawings,
Specification 0! Letters Patent.
Application tiled December 28, 1908. Serial No. 468,836.
Patented June 8, 1909.
Figure 1. is a fragmentary perspective view showing an open-front shoe-upper with my improved lacing and tongue applied thereto in closed position, or as they appear in use,
but omittingtthe limb and foot of the wearer; Fig. 2, a erspective view of the improved tongue an lacing, the latterbein shown in the manner of use contemplated y my invention herein; Fig. 3, :1 pers ective View showing the blank or strip of eather comrising the tongue, such strip being in the ent-orer state it takes in the stitching of the transverse stiffening-seams; and Fig. 4, a fragmentary perspective view of a part of the said leather-strip comprising the tongue string having the customary metal-tipped ends 7. V
8 represents a cluster of circular perform tions or openings made in the. lower end of the tongue and adapted to accommodate the shoe-str1ng about midlength, as best shown in Fig. .2, such string bein duly looped throu h two openings of said cluster andoth ends passed through the other then opening of the three of said cluster, one end, 6", being duly threaded through the double course of eyelets 4 and the other end 6" bein passed upward through a vertical series 0 transverse slits 9, thence through a pair of transverse slits 10 made near the top of the tongue. The upper end 6" of the lacing passes outwardly from the upper one of the slits 10 and then inwardly through the lower one of said slit-s 10, and then again through said 11 per slit 10 outwardly for engagement with t 1e last one 4 of the course of eyelets in the member or flap 2 of the shoe-upper. Said end 6 of the lacing then passes through a vertical 100 or eye 11 at the upper end of the tongue, tli tical loops 12 in, the upper edge ofvflap or member 1 and thence forward again to and through an eye 13 into the inside of the shoe for pocketing or lodging snugly in place between the member 1 and the ankle of the ence through a series of verwearer, tree to be duly withdrawn from; lmt'ktilflg-PlflCQ when it Is desired to remove the Slttjt' but safely held in place without danger of dislodgment in' the ordinary wear of the shoe.
ll and thence through a series of vertical loops 1:: at the u per edge of the shoerupper member 2, and thence forward again to and through the vertical eye 13 into pocketingposition within the shoe, like unto the other end 6' of the laein I prefer to use a lacing or string in which the part 6, beginning midlength of the lacing, shall be rendered elastic by the inser-' tion of one or more strands of rubber and the other portion (5 remaining inelastic or about in the same semi-stretehable state of the ordinary shoe-lace. Midlength the shoelace composed of the elastic: and inelastic portions, tightly Wrap a thread l around the web so as to hold the end or ends of the internal rubber strands, such rubber strands bein firmly held at the outer end of portion 6 o the lacing by means of the metal tip 7. The elastie portion 6* of the lacing imparts a yielding condition to the shoe-opening which is much desired in the wearin 0 the shoe andthe inelastic portion 6" o the lacing is best adapted to support the tongue within the shoe in an upright state alon r the inner fare of the shoe-opening free item wrinkling along the ankle of the wearer. The looping of the portion 6" of the lacing through the loop IQ is done in a taut manner so that the tongue eannot slip downward when in place, and the lower portion 8 of the inning is the part thereof that is first passed throu h the lowermost eyelets 8", 8 of the double course, for anchoring the tongue in place without the necessity of in said lower end of the tongue, as hereto ore customary in the manufacture of shoes. The up er end of the tongue is preferably extender in position beyond the up per edge of the shoe-opening, as best seen In Fig. I, so that the vw'tical loop it can be readily reached in threading the lacing in op osite directions therethrough.
n stiffening the tongue so as to retain it-in a snug and smooth condition along the ankle of the wear and to prevent its wrinkling, I provide a series of transverse double The other end 6* of the v luring utter pas-sling through the double t-ourse ot' eyelets departs from the u per eyelet 4 into and through the vertical 00p 1 edges of the tongue.
stitches 15 at suitable intervals apart. such stiti'zhes being made in the leather or insteriul of the tongue during process of memo feature, by doubling or folding ovt'r the leather. as best seen in Fig. l. and then passlug the needle through the fold or bent portion of the leatlu-r, preferabh terminating a short distance away from the longitudinal I It is to be understood that it is not necessary for the stitches to extend clear acros the tongue, and I secure thr best results by inserting in the told one or more stifl' horse hairs or bristles it, which are held therein by the stilt-hing, as best seen in Fig. 4 and therelrv impart the desired stillness and elasticity to retain the tongue in a snug and smooth condition to conform to the shape of'the slum-u iper and to prevent wrinkles therein aud, also, to preserve the shape of the tongue when the shoe not in use on the foot.
I claim 1. As a new article of n'ianufart'u re. a shoetongue having. a central. vertical series of horizontal, parallel double stitches made therein at suitable intervals apart and each set of double stitches being sewed into poeket form and provided with an internal core of a number of horse-hairs for flexibly stiflen ing the tongue material.
As a new article of manufacture, a shoetongue having a number of openings made therein and :1 shoe-lace threaded through said openings with one end adapted to traverse a course of eyelets in a shoe-upper to which the tongue is attached and the other end adapted to be anchored in the it per end of the tongue and thence passed a ong the upper edge of the shoe-upper for insertion within the shoe and said firstuuuned portion of the hiring adapted to extend from the upper portion of'the shoe-upper into and within the shoe. i
3. The combination of a shoe-tonguehaving a number of openings or loops made therein and a vertical series of transverse double tittihes also made therein and a shoelat-e inserted and ahehored in said openings and having one end thereof made elastit' and the other end inelastic.
M A'RZ ELL K R0 EL] 1. Witnesses JOHN ELJAS Jones, Noiuu Kslsnn.