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US2236367A
US2236367A US26588739A US2236367A US 2236367 A US2236367 A US 2236367A US 26588739 A US26588739 A US 26588739A US 2236367 A US2236367 A US 2236367A
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March 25, 1941. J. GRUBER 2,236,367

SHOE

Filed April 4, 1959 mill/111! %7'AM INVENTOR TORNEY Patented Mar. 25, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE,

John Grnber, New York, N. Y.

Application April 4, 1939, Serial No. 265,887

This invention relates to shoes and has for its main object the provision of a shoe construction in which the upper is removably attached to the sole portion so that the same can be readily exchanged for another upper, in order to enable the conversion of a house shoe, a beach shoe or a shoe worn in a factory into a shoe for street wear or the like, or into a shoe of a particular color to match the color of ones dress.

19 Such novel construction affords the advantage that one with limited means instead of purchasing several pairs of shoes for different use or occasions needs only a single pair with different uppers which he or she can readily exchange one for the other.

' Thus, for instance, a woman wearing a shoe which according to the modern fashion has its upper cut at diflerent parts, as at the toes and sides, when caught in rainor snow, if equipped with an extra pair of uncut uppers, will be able to apply the latter to completely cover her feet.

To accomplish my object I provide a shoe consisting of a permanent portion which includes the sole and heel, with or without a permanent upper, and an extra upper adapted to be removably fastened to said permanent portion. For the removable attachment of said upper the free lower edges thereof have suitably fastened thereto an open loop of steel wire or other resilient or elastic material which is adapted to-snap into a groove or channel provided in and extending around the circumferential edge of the outer sole of the shoe and to thereby retain said extra upper in position. This extra upper may be made to either cover the entire foot and thus extend all around the sole or to cover only part of the foot and thus extend only over the front part of the foot.

My invention also consists in the novel construction, arrangement and combination of parts, as will be hereinafter more fully described and defined in the appended claim.

In the accompanying drawing, which constitutes part of this specification and in which similar reference characters denote corresponding parts,

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a shoe c0 structed according to my invention, showing the 5 removablezupper unattached;

55 form of a removable upper;

Figure 2 is a cross section on line 2-2 of Fig-- Figure 5 is an elevation of a" fragment of a shoe showing a modified construction: and

. Figure 6 is a longitudinal section on line 6-6 of Figure 5.

The permanent portion of the shoe may con- 5 sist of an outer sole ID, a heel l I suitably attached thereto, andan inner sole l2. In the example shown this permanent portion also includes straps l3 as used on sandals or beach shoes, and the upper heel portion l4. Instead of straps I3 10 the permanent portion may have an ordinary upper stitched or otherwise secured to the sole, as usual.

The novelty of my invention resides in the provision of an extra removable upper l5 which 15 may be made of leather or other suitable material and of any desired style, color, etc. and so admeasured so as to fit over the permanent upper, if any, over the straps l3 and heel portion or directly over the foot. This removable upper i5 has its lower edge folded or fluted to form a tubular channel I6 in which is embedded a loop I! of steel wire orother elastic or resilient material open at the rear. The rear part of this upper is split or parted in the middle throughout its 25 height, the edges IQ of the split being suitably seamed and, when applied to the sole, adapted to overlap and be suitably fastened to one another by press or snap buttons l8,- l9' or other suitable means. The loop "embedded in the channel 3 it of the upper has the tendency to normally contract the lower part of said upper. The outer sole ill of the shoe is provided with an annular groove or channel 20 extending either all around the same or only up to the upper heel portion Hi. 35 The loop contracted lower edge of the removable upper I5 is adapted when spread apart to engage said groove 20 and on contraction to effectively hold the upper 15 in position. After attaching said upper to the outer sole the free rear edges 18 thereof are folded over one another and fastened together by the press buttons, or the like.

The front part of the upper I5 may be' constructed in any desired manner according to the style. Instead of a full length upper, according to Figure 4, an upper l5 may be used which is adapted to extend only up to or slightly beyond the upper heel portion H. In such case while the loop contracted lower edge of the upper will ena e the groove 20 of the outersole, the free edges ll. of the upper may be fastened to the heel portion I 4 by snap buttons l9, l9 or other suitable means.

- Instead of providing an upper heel portion permanently attached to the sole as in Figure 1, each p of the rear parts of the removable upper may be stiffened as at 2|, so that when the loop contracted lower edge of said upper is snapped into engagement with the groove III or the outer sole l and the free edges ll are attached to one another by the snap buttons l8, It, the reinforced or stifiened parts 2| will themselves constitute the upper heel portion oi. the shoe.

By virtue of this novel construction a shoe may be made with several removable extra uppers as accessories, to be interchangeably slipped over the foot, either to cover the ordinary permanently attached upper or straps, or directly the foot, thus enabling the wearer to quickly convert a house shoe into a shoe for street wear or a shoe of one color or style into another suitable for a.

particular occasion. Not only will the wearer save much time in making the change, but also expense, since the cost of extra uppers will be considerably less than that of extra complete shoes. The uppers, like spats or gaiters, can be conveniently folded and will, therefore, take up less room than complete shoes. They can also be conveniently carried in one's bag or pocket to be available at a sudden change of weather.

Since other modifications may be made in the construction of the shoe without departing from the principle of my invention, I do not wish to restrict myself to the details described and shown.

What I claim is:

A shoe comprising a sole and heel, an annular groove extending all around the circumferential edge of said sole, a removable upper split at its rear, reinforcing means embedded in the rear portions 01' said upper, a channel formed at and all around the lower edge of said upper, a resilient open wire loop embedded in said channel and adapted to normally contract said edge and when snapped into said annular groove to tightly COD: nect said upper to said sole, the free ends of said split rear portions of said upper, being adapted to overlap one another when said upper is connected to said sole and fastening means on said free ends for detachably connecting the same to one another.

JOHN GRUBER.

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US2507120A (en) * 1946-06-19 1950-05-09 Shapiro Martin Shoe with movable thonged upper
US2510236A (en) * 1945-12-13 1950-06-06 Louis E Kutcher Footwear having replaceable uppers
US2552943A (en) * 1948-03-04 1951-05-15 Jones & Malyon Ltd Shoe having a detachable upper
US2948070A (en) * 1958-06-02 1960-08-09 Lewis Ruth Shoes
US3119191A (en) * 1961-08-24 1964-01-28 Virginia E Vitzthum Shoe improvement
US3994080A (en) * 1975-02-25 1976-11-30 Joseph Marion Flanagan, Jr. Eight-in-one-shoe
US4115933A (en) * 1977-02-18 1978-09-26 Chiaramonte Jr Gasper Removable shield for footwear
US4706392A (en) * 1986-10-20 1987-11-17 Yang Tzu Tsan Interchangeable shoe and slipper combination
EP0468347A1 (en) * 1990-07-21 1992-01-29 Heinz-Peter Kühnreich Shoe for bandaged foot
US5495684A (en) * 1992-09-02 1996-03-05 Alsa Gmbh Shoe with attached legging for use in a clean room
US5701688A (en) * 1996-04-18 1997-12-30 Fila U.S.A., Inc. Protective shoelace cover
US5778565A (en) * 1995-11-28 1998-07-14 Royce Medical Company Versatile orthopaedic or post-operative footgear having removable toe piece
US6449878B1 (en) 2000-03-10 2002-09-17 Robert M. Lyden Article of footwear having a spring element and selectively removable components
US20030135306A1 (en) * 2001-11-16 2003-07-17 Driscoll Joseph T. Rotor torque predictor
US6601042B1 (en) 2000-03-10 2003-07-29 Robert M. Lyden Customized article of footwear and method of conducting retail and internet business
EP1489938A1 (en) * 2002-03-14 2004-12-29 Darren Paul Bruce Interchangeable footwear system
US20050115109A1 (en) * 2003-08-27 2005-06-02 Jared Goldman Shoe strap changing system
US20060032084A1 (en) * 2004-08-06 2006-02-16 Pang Jacob C T Shoe cover
US7016867B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2006-03-21 Lyden Robert M Method of conducting business including making and selling a custom article of footwear
US20060090374A1 (en) * 2004-11-02 2006-05-04 Deckers Outdoor Corporation Convertible shoe and sandal
US7107235B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2006-09-12 Lyden Robert M Method of conducting business including making and selling a custom article of footwear
US20060230637A1 (en) * 2005-04-14 2006-10-19 Kipnes Deanna H Pedicure boot
US20070094897A1 (en) * 2005-11-02 2007-05-03 Marie Nakatsu Fine dress and evening sandal with variable color and ornamentation
DE102006005774A1 (en) * 2006-02-07 2007-08-16 Genima Innovations Marketing Gmbh Sandal or slipper with replaceable upper section, has replaceable upper section which is connected by spring like wire to base of sole and which intervenes in groove or behind framework at margin of sole
US20080092408A1 (en) * 2006-10-23 2008-04-24 Stephen Kwok Wah Yeung Two-use-shoes
US20080201988A1 (en) * 2007-02-22 2008-08-28 Alyssa Marie Mattia Transformational shoes
US20080235993A1 (en) * 2007-03-16 2008-10-02 Elizabeth Wegner Shoe and interchangeable shoe cover systems
US20080276495A1 (en) * 2007-05-11 2008-11-13 Jones Gregory K Interchangeable Shoes
US20100115794A1 (en) * 2007-04-30 2010-05-13 Lisa Jill Gazzard Footwear
US7752775B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2010-07-13 Lyden Robert M Footwear with removable lasting board and cleats
US20100313444A1 (en) * 2009-06-12 2010-12-16 Thomas Jeffrey Kelley Articles of Footwear
US20110209358A1 (en) * 2010-02-28 2011-09-01 Gentry Lill O'neall Open bottom stretchable shoe cover
GB2492976A (en) * 2011-07-16 2013-01-23 Markus Schwarz Footwear item with detachable upper
US8413351B1 (en) * 2010-06-02 2013-04-09 Megan W. Watters Shoe system with removable covers
US20130185958A1 (en) * 2012-01-23 2013-07-25 Melani Kay McGuire Footwear Having Removable Cover for Toe Area Thereof
GB2502838A (en) * 2012-06-06 2013-12-11 Carlos Roberto Pereira Convertible footwear
US20140230279A1 (en) * 2012-12-20 2014-08-21 Jeff Risner Foot Wear System
US20150020410A1 (en) * 2013-07-19 2015-01-22 Christianah Adesida Replaceable-Skin Shoe System
US9333106B2 (en) 2008-05-15 2016-05-10 Ossur Hf Circumferential walker
USD772418S1 (en) 2014-03-27 2016-11-22 Ossur Hf Shell for an orthopedic device
DE102015112238A1 (en) 2015-07-27 2017-02-02 Isabell Kober Shoe System Kit
US9668907B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-06-06 Ossur Iceland Ehf Orthopedic device
US20170238647A1 (en) * 2016-02-22 2017-08-24 Christian Sharifi Changeable Shoe Cover
US9744065B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-08-29 Ossur Hf Orthopedic device
US9839549B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-12-12 Ossur Iceland Ehf Orthopedic device
US9839548B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-12-12 Ossur Iceland Ehf Orthopedic device
US10058143B2 (en) 2013-12-12 2018-08-28 Ossur Hf Outsole for orthopedic device

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US2510236A (en) * 1945-12-13 1950-06-06 Louis E Kutcher Footwear having replaceable uppers
US2507120A (en) * 1946-06-19 1950-05-09 Shapiro Martin Shoe with movable thonged upper
US2552943A (en) * 1948-03-04 1951-05-15 Jones & Malyon Ltd Shoe having a detachable upper
US2948070A (en) * 1958-06-02 1960-08-09 Lewis Ruth Shoes
US3119191A (en) * 1961-08-24 1964-01-28 Virginia E Vitzthum Shoe improvement
US3994080A (en) * 1975-02-25 1976-11-30 Joseph Marion Flanagan, Jr. Eight-in-one-shoe
US4115933A (en) * 1977-02-18 1978-09-26 Chiaramonte Jr Gasper Removable shield for footwear
US4706392A (en) * 1986-10-20 1987-11-17 Yang Tzu Tsan Interchangeable shoe and slipper combination
EP0468347A1 (en) * 1990-07-21 1992-01-29 Heinz-Peter Kühnreich Shoe for bandaged foot
US5176624A (en) * 1990-07-21 1993-01-05 Kuehnreich Heinz Peter Shoe bandage
US5495684A (en) * 1992-09-02 1996-03-05 Alsa Gmbh Shoe with attached legging for use in a clean room
US5778565A (en) * 1995-11-28 1998-07-14 Royce Medical Company Versatile orthopaedic or post-operative footgear having removable toe piece
US5701688A (en) * 1996-04-18 1997-12-30 Fila U.S.A., Inc. Protective shoelace cover
US7016867B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2006-03-21 Lyden Robert M Method of conducting business including making and selling a custom article of footwear
US7752775B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2010-07-13 Lyden Robert M Footwear with removable lasting board and cleats
US6449878B1 (en) 2000-03-10 2002-09-17 Robert M. Lyden Article of footwear having a spring element and selectively removable components
US7770306B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2010-08-10 Lyden Robert M Custom article of footwear
US8209883B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2012-07-03 Robert Michael Lyden Custom article of footwear and method of making the same
US7107235B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2006-09-12 Lyden Robert M Method of conducting business including making and selling a custom article of footwear
US6601042B1 (en) 2000-03-10 2003-07-29 Robert M. Lyden Customized article of footwear and method of conducting retail and internet business
US20030135306A1 (en) * 2001-11-16 2003-07-17 Driscoll Joseph T. Rotor torque predictor
EP1489938A4 (en) * 2002-03-14 2005-04-06 Darren Paul Bruce Interchangeable footwear system
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US20050268496A1 (en) * 2002-03-14 2005-12-08 Bruce Darren P Interchangeable footwear system
US20050115109A1 (en) * 2003-08-27 2005-06-02 Jared Goldman Shoe strap changing system
US7328527B2 (en) * 2003-08-27 2008-02-12 Reebok International Ltd. Shoe strap changing system
US20060032084A1 (en) * 2004-08-06 2006-02-16 Pang Jacob C T Shoe cover
US20060090374A1 (en) * 2004-11-02 2006-05-04 Deckers Outdoor Corporation Convertible shoe and sandal
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US20060230637A1 (en) * 2005-04-14 2006-10-19 Kipnes Deanna H Pedicure boot
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US7797857B2 (en) * 2007-02-22 2010-09-21 Alyssa Marie Mattia Transformational shoes
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US20080235993A1 (en) * 2007-03-16 2008-10-02 Elizabeth Wegner Shoe and interchangeable shoe cover systems
US8316563B2 (en) * 2007-03-16 2012-11-27 Elizabeth Erika Wegner Shoe and interchangeable shoe cover systems
US20100115794A1 (en) * 2007-04-30 2010-05-13 Lisa Jill Gazzard Footwear
US9532622B2 (en) 2007-04-30 2017-01-03 Lisa Jill Gazzard Footwear
US20080276495A1 (en) * 2007-05-11 2008-11-13 Jones Gregory K Interchangeable Shoes
US9492301B2 (en) 2008-05-15 2016-11-15 Ossur Hf Circumferential walker
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US9333106B2 (en) 2008-05-15 2016-05-10 Ossur Hf Circumferential walker
US10064749B2 (en) 2008-05-15 2018-09-04 Ossur Hf Circumferential walker
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US8438756B2 (en) * 2009-06-12 2013-05-14 Deckers Outdoor Corporation Articles of footwear
US20110209358A1 (en) * 2010-02-28 2011-09-01 Gentry Lill O'neall Open bottom stretchable shoe cover
US8413351B1 (en) * 2010-06-02 2013-04-09 Megan W. Watters Shoe system with removable covers
GB2492976A (en) * 2011-07-16 2013-01-23 Markus Schwarz Footwear item with detachable upper
US20130185958A1 (en) * 2012-01-23 2013-07-25 Melani Kay McGuire Footwear Having Removable Cover for Toe Area Thereof
GB2502838A (en) * 2012-06-06 2013-12-11 Carlos Roberto Pereira Convertible footwear
US20140230279A1 (en) * 2012-12-20 2014-08-21 Jeff Risner Foot Wear System
US20150020410A1 (en) * 2013-07-19 2015-01-22 Christianah Adesida Replaceable-Skin Shoe System
US9839549B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-12-12 Ossur Iceland Ehf Orthopedic device
US9839550B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-12-12 Ossur Hf Orthopedic device
US9839548B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-12-12 Ossur Iceland Ehf Orthopedic device
US9668907B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-06-06 Ossur Iceland Ehf Orthopedic device
US9744065B2 (en) 2013-09-25 2017-08-29 Ossur Hf Orthopedic device
US10058143B2 (en) 2013-12-12 2018-08-28 Ossur Hf Outsole for orthopedic device
USD776289S1 (en) 2014-03-27 2017-01-10 Ossur Hf Shell for an orthopedic device
USD776288S1 (en) 2014-03-27 2017-01-10 Ossur Hf Shell for an orthopedic device
USD772418S1 (en) 2014-03-27 2016-11-22 Ossur Hf Shell for an orthopedic device
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