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US2973589A
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March 7, 1961 R. N. RIGSBY 2,973,589

ADJUSTABLE BABY sHoE Filed Feb. 9, 1959 INVENTOR. ROWENA N. 12/655) A TTORNE Y United States Pate-nt' G ce 1973589 Patented Mar. 7, 1961 AnmsrABnnBABv-snon iqt ltspNi-B hyy 2 k v itstl25 e h im ler s n she nd; e,

eyeletslfi, and 11, adjacent the juncture 41 1s? ateral y p e ei ixeln lank is also i posesio s or evelets ee bll 'iQIWflfFllY of th orwardfzh H Xdt i nd; 4ah yele malltbet r r heyl are Wo n o with he esillt t ho h, st ll nrseed ee in eendit ath y a 19 ui abl 1 Y with. a. view of: p ridi a abys sh e, eepab e. o be ng worn c nsid r y longer y the am n ant; tha is-possible; with other similar shoes now in common. use,

' on the r d e. 14 ndii ased: a ved h t teer d y er, The blank is also.

I have inventedanadi ta shoe h ma the eas 13!, and; 1,1 are preferably;positionedwomewhat radially in reased in. l n h whe s ch e lar e t s equ red: wh'lethe ey l ,12; 1-2 areinsnbst pensate for: the gro h of an, n nt eet.- e t' baby, shoe embodying this inventi n isptefided: i TY.

upper and lower pairs of eyelets at its rear side'whioh, 3 lyjgg; thela may; be; selectively used; in combination witha laee and N I I & thiidi P yelets to. shorten, or length n. the S1 9 sole, memher is centrally, arranged; with respect to the Whem the. lace. is. threaded through, the lowerv pair. of; latergledges of theblank, and th rear end thereof is eyelets-land; knotted, the rear end portion of thewflexible. positions near; but forwardly: of the inner pair ofjeyesole is; adjusted upwardly to. shorten the sole and; th lots 8, a he; forward edge of'the sole: member 13 is in shoe, and when the lace is selectively threaded through. substantial registry with the curved forward edge 5 of the, upper airof eyelets and knotted, the rear end porh b l k g d 1 h; f p yard end f h bl k fion of the sole; is. lowered tofincrease its effective length; are identical t a bs 1,4, 1 4 made preferably of soft leather, and: at; the. same. time. enlarge the shoe lengthwise. which iextend from the sole member to, the lateral edges The primary object: ofrny invention is to. provide. an 40 3h and ql z, ofthe, hlanlg. sh rewa e edges of the tabs, adjustable baby shoe which may be lengthened or short- 14, 14; are in substahtial registry with the cnrved, front "ally parallel rela; t e. e ve s halate al e ges iam seat as. b st tch n B t he blank nd-ov ris an elongated-1 wear, sole member 13.

erred without altering the construction thereof. edges 6 and-Irespec tively of the blank.

--Another= object of my invention is to. providean ad-. The blank is so -s haped and proportioned that the rear j'ustablebabv shoe which may be easily enlarged, by mere,- portionfl thereof will form the rear side of. the shoe, the 1y. removing a. lacing from one set of eyelets and. threads side p ti 3 d. 4, qf. h bl k ill 17m; shqgs ing. it'through another set.. 1 Y i A still further object of. my invention is to. provide an toes, and; the central; part f. th bl k'iyh ieh is covered 1 eathet o th r suitable material;-

a e -a s e an h t Pa extehd nse e e n tep an inexpensive baby shoe which may be easily enlarged to by the, sole member will form the b ottom side of the compensate for the growth ofan infants feet. 3 shoe. r

a Other; and further objects and advantages ofmyin- When the blank, the solemember 13 and the tabs 14, volition will be pointed out hereinafter, or Willbfi indi- 14 are arranged in the manner shown in Fig. 5 of the cated in the appended claims, or will be obvious to one drawing and sewed together, the tabs 14,, 14- together skilled in the ar tuupon an understanding. ofthe present with that part of thesole which overlies the tabs are disclosure. For the purpose of this application, I-havev folded inwaiqdly to positions overlying the forward end electedto show .herein certain forms and details of a of the sole with the front edges o and Z registering with baby shoe; which is representative of my invention;.it is the front edge 5 of the blank. When so positioned, the to. 26 III QQESIQQQL however, that the embodiment of my outer edges of the tabs will substantiallyfahnt one ani-nventionshown. anddescribed-herein is forpurposes of other and lie alongzor. near thelongitudinal axis A of the illirstrati on -only:a ndi.tha t' therefore it is vnot to 'be re blank. Whenso positioned, stitching is applied substangardedas; errhanrstiye of the variations oftheinvention in tially alohg the curved line of the stitchingB at thefforthe i l wa en e o e. m mbe e se u e h abs, nd e seeempany nad se fQr rd n s t the sl Po ti 3 and a to the se s i s trea vie o baby s e. em od n m er an thet P o the. ank e t o h ltt e ia eahes; e e T e t a e e 1b. a d. 1 9 the eid e rr Fig. 2 is a side elevational view of the baby shoe; tions 3 and 4; of the blank are sewed together to form Fig. 3 is a rear view of the shoe, on a reduced scale, arrenclosing structure which is'agi apted toextend around showing'thfe position of the lace, with respect to one of theiristep and toes of the wearer. shoe thus formed the pairs of e elets wh n t e shoe is contracted as to i then tu ned n id Oh so. theeole. m es ntl t e length; 1 tab are po ione ex rne x rathe han' e the. shoe x'liis. t is: a view showin the p ieaef t e 70. The s and the ned i e d por ion o re. ls e,- .it resp st to another oirthe pairs of y lets w e he hen t rm a f r ri d the toe stru tu e for t e the. shoe. s adjusted to i s ine a d length; and f shoeesql hewn'in E g 1 and 2- it 12, 12 and tied together in a bow knot as at' 18. When rear portion 2 is gathered and creased, before tightening I the lacing and knotting it, the eyelets 9, 9 willbe positioned in horizontal alignment with or slightly above the side eyelets 10, 10 and 11, 11. i I

When it is desired that the shoe have the small length and size, the lace 16 is threaded through the lower pair of eyelets 8, 8 and the side eyelets 10, 10 and 11, 11, and when the lace is crossed, drawn tightly and knotted as at 17, the lower ends of such side eyelets will serve as supporting means for the lace in pulling the rear end of the sole member to its upwardly adjusted position. When the lace is crossed and drawn tightly and the knot 17 is made, the lower part of the rear portion 2 of the shoe and the rear end portion of the sole 13 are pulled upwardly as shown in Fig. 3, thereby shortening the shoe. By firmly tying the knot 17 when the shoe is shortened, the smaller length is normally maintained until a lengthening adjustment is made. When the infants feet grow in length and a larger size shoe is needed, the lace 16 18 transferred to the upper pair of eyelets" 9, 9, crossed,

tightly drawn and knotted in the manner described. When the lace is tightly drawn and knotted, the upper eyelets 9, 9 will be positioned in substantially horizontal alignment with the side eyelets 10, 10 and 11, 11 while' the lower eyelets 8, 8 will be lowered along with the rear end portion of the sole member. In such an adusted position, the entire sole is substantially flat and and the shoe is lengthened appreciably. The rear portion 2 and the side portions 3 and 4 of the blank form the shoe upper, and the shoe sole is supported therefrom as in shoes of the ordinary kind now in common use.

What I claim is:

1. A foot covering comprising a flexible upper, said upper being formed with a forward portion adapted to extend over the instep and around the ankle of a wearers foot and being formed with a rear portion adapted to extend around the rear part and the heel of a wearers foot, a flexible wear sole joined to said upper and adapted to underlie the wearers foot, a first set of laterally spaced eyelets disposed in the rear portion of said upper and arranged to be positioned rearwardly of the heel of the wearers foot, said first eyelets being disposed intermediate the sides of said sole when in substantially coplanar relation with said sole, a second set of laterally spaced eyelets disposed in the-rear portion of said upper below said first set of eyelets and arranged to be positioned rearwardly of the heel of the wearers foot, said second eyelets being disposed intermediate the sides of said sole when in substantially coplanar relation with said sole, a third set of eyelets disposed in the rear portion of said upper and spaced laterally from said first and second eyelets, a fourth set of eyelets disposed in the rear portion of said upper and spaced laterally from said first and second eyelets at a side opposite from which said third eyelets are disposed, and means re ceived by said third and fourth eyelets and arranged to be received at times by said first eyelets and at other times by said second eyelets, said means being arranged to draw said third and fourth eyelets adjacent one another whereby said third and fourth eyelets are adapted for positioning rearwardly of the wearers h'eeland to draw at times said first eyelets adjacent'said thirdand fourth eyelets and at other times to draw said second eyelets adjacent said third and fourth eyelets to control the height of the rear end of said wear sole for adjusting the effective length of said wear sole.

2. A foot covering comprising a flexible upper, said upper being formed with-a forward portion adapted'to extend over the instep andaround the ankle of a wearers foot andbeing formed with a rear portion adapted-to extend around the rear part and the heel of a wearer's foot, a flexible wear sole joined to said upper and adapted to underlie the wearers foot, first securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper and arranged to be positioned rearwardly of the heel of the wearer's foot,

said first securing means being disposed intermediate the sides of said sole when said upper is substantially coplanar with said sole, second securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper below said first securing means and arranged to be positioned rearwardly of the heel of the wearers foot, said second securing means being disposed intermediate the sides of said sole when said upper is substantially coplanar with said sole, third securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper and spaced laterally from said first and second securing means, fourth securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper and spaced laterally from said first and second securing means at a side opposite from which said third securing means are disposed, and fasten-' ing means cooperating with said third and fourth securing means and arranged to engage at times said first securing means and at other times said second securing means, said fastening means being arranged to position said third and fourth securing means adjacent one an-' other whereby said third and fourth securing means are adapted for positioning rearwardly of the wearer's heel I height of the rear end of said wear sole for adjusting and to position at times said first securing means adjacent said third and fourth securing means and at other times to position said second securing means adjacent said third and fourth securing means to control the the effective length of said wear sole.

3. A foot covering comprising a flexible upper, said upper being formed with a forward portion adapted to extend over the instep and around the ankle of a wearer's foot and being formed with a rear portion adapted to extend around the rear part and heel of a wearer's foot,: a flexible wear sole joined to said upper and adapted to: underlie the wearers foot, first securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper and arranged to be positioned rearwardly of the heel of the wearers foot,

said first securing means being disposed intermediate the sides of said sole when said upper is substantially 'c'oplanar with said sole, second securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper below said first securing means and arranged to be positioned rearwardly of the heel of the wearers foot, said second securing means being disposed intermediate the sides of said solevwhen said upper is substantially coplanar with said sole, third securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper and spaced laterally from said first and second securing means, fourth securing means disposed in the rear portion of said upper and spaced laterally from said first and second securing means at a side opposite from which said third securing means are disposed, and fastening means cooperating with said third and fourth securingmeans and arranged to engage at times said first securing means and at other times said second securing means, said fastening means being arranged to position said third and fourth securing means adjacent one another where by said third and fourth securing means are adapted for positioning rearwardly of the wearer's heel and to position at times said first securing means adjacent said third and fourth securing means and at other times to position said second securing means adjacent said third and fourth securing means for adjusting the effective length of said wear sole.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,291,958 Lund Ian. 21 1919 2,420,239 Hack May 6, 1947 2,756,518 Raney July 31, 1956 2,846,784 Bush Aug. 12, 1958

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US3142911A (en) * 1961-05-05 1964-08-04 Jessie H Raborg Adjustable child's shoe
US4251070A (en) * 1979-08-06 1981-02-17 Leseberg Helen M Supine exercise device
FR2536963A1 (en) * 1982-12-06 1984-06-08 Boussac Saint Freres Bsf enveloping comfortable shoe boot, adaptable to the conformation of the foot
US4619058A (en) * 1985-04-30 1986-10-28 Gumbert Jerry F Footwear corresponding to physiology
US4918839A (en) * 1988-11-22 1990-04-24 Teknamed Corporation Sanitary shoe cover
US4942678A (en) * 1987-10-22 1990-07-24 Gumbert Jerry F Footwear
US4976050A (en) * 1987-04-06 1990-12-11 Barbara Houghteling Baby bootie
FR2673815A1 (en) * 1991-03-15 1992-09-18 Vansteenberghe Richard Adjustable shoe
US20060117598A1 (en) * 2004-12-07 2006-06-08 Eric Czaplewski Protective booties and leggings
US20090049710A1 (en) * 2007-07-18 2009-02-26 Ghamari Krista Barnett Insert for expanding an article of clothing
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US1291958A (en) * 1917-11-27 1919-01-21 Andrew M Lund Sporting or bathing shoe.
US2420239A (en) * 1945-05-03 1947-05-06 Hack Shoe Company Convalescent shoe
US2756518A (en) * 1952-04-18 1956-07-31 Raney Marjorie Ellis Expandable foot covering
US2846784A (en) * 1955-03-07 1958-08-12 Theresa E Bush Bootie

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US1291958A (en) * 1917-11-27 1919-01-21 Andrew M Lund Sporting or bathing shoe.
US2420239A (en) * 1945-05-03 1947-05-06 Hack Shoe Company Convalescent shoe
US2756518A (en) * 1952-04-18 1956-07-31 Raney Marjorie Ellis Expandable foot covering
US2846784A (en) * 1955-03-07 1958-08-12 Theresa E Bush Bootie

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US3142911A (en) * 1961-05-05 1964-08-04 Jessie H Raborg Adjustable child's shoe
US4251070A (en) * 1979-08-06 1981-02-17 Leseberg Helen M Supine exercise device
FR2536963A1 (en) * 1982-12-06 1984-06-08 Boussac Saint Freres Bsf enveloping comfortable shoe boot, adaptable to the conformation of the foot
US4599811A (en) * 1982-12-06 1986-07-15 Boussac Saint-Freres B.S.F. Easy to put on wrap-around shoe which is adaptable to the shape of the foot
US4619058A (en) * 1985-04-30 1986-10-28 Gumbert Jerry F Footwear corresponding to physiology
US4976050A (en) * 1987-04-06 1990-12-11 Barbara Houghteling Baby bootie
US4942678A (en) * 1987-10-22 1990-07-24 Gumbert Jerry F Footwear
WO1992000021A1 (en) * 1987-10-22 1992-01-09 Gumbert Jerry F Footwear
US4918839A (en) * 1988-11-22 1990-04-24 Teknamed Corporation Sanitary shoe cover
FR2673815A1 (en) * 1991-03-15 1992-09-18 Vansteenberghe Richard Adjustable shoe
US20060117598A1 (en) * 2004-12-07 2006-06-08 Eric Czaplewski Protective booties and leggings
US7219443B2 (en) 2004-12-07 2007-05-22 Eric Czaplewski Protective booties and leggings
US20090049710A1 (en) * 2007-07-18 2009-02-26 Ghamari Krista Barnett Insert for expanding an article of clothing
US8136267B2 (en) * 2007-07-18 2012-03-20 Boot Band Llc Insert for expanding an article of clothing
US20100011621A1 (en) * 2008-07-21 2010-01-21 Galit Danielle Malka-Harari Expandable and adjustable baby shoe to enable a single pair of shoes to be worn by a baby up to 24 months of age
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