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    • A43FOOTWEAR
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T. BARKER.

SOOK 0R INSOLE FOR BOOTS 0R SHOES.

No. 387,335. PatentedAug. 7, 1888.

INVENTOR:

QYfzcmzcw 115m By his Attorneys, wmdmcrou v= WITNESSES N. PETERS PhnloLKhogrzpher, Washington, as.

lTED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

THOMAS BARKER, 0E TODMORDEN, coUN'rY 0F LANCASTER, ENGLAND.

SOCK OR INSOLE'. FOR BOOTS OR SHOES.

ESPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 387,335, dated August '7, 1888.

Application filed May .21, 1887. Serial No. 238,949. (No model.) Patented in Eng and June '11, 1886. No. 7,830.

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, THOMAS BARKER, a subect of the Queen of Great Britain, residing at Todmorden, county of Lancaster, England, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Insoles for Boots or Shoes, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to insoles for boots or shoes,which are interposed between the foot of the wearer and the sole of the boot or shoe, thereby preventing direct contact of the sole of the foot with the leather of the boot or shoe.

Various insoles of this class have been made heretofore, some being constructed of layers of two or more materials; but these have all had certain disadvantages which my invention seeks to overcome.

The object of my invention is to make, insoles which will be warm and soft, will absorb the moisture which collects under the foot of the wearer, and will permit a circulation of air in the boot or shoe.

To this end my improved insole is constructed ofthree different materials or layersa foraminous metallic bottom layer, an intermediate layer of hair, and a layer of softfibrous substance, such as wool or swans-down.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is an under sideplan of myimprovedinsole. Fig. 2 is a plan of the upper side thereof, and Fig. 3 is a cross-section thereof taken on theline 3 3 in Fig. 1.

Referring to the drawings, letA represent a layer of foraminous metal, as wire gauze or netting, which forms the under side of my improved insole This material is both tough and flexible,and therefore well adapted to receive the wear consequent upon its contact with the sole of the shoe and to accommodate itself to the bending of the foot. Upon this wire netting I place an intermediate layer of hair, B. This serves as an elastic porous and nonconducting cushion between the wire-netting and theupper layer, and is exceedingly durable.

O is the next and upper layer, which is the one coming in contact with the foot.- This is composed of some soft absorbent material which is a non-conductor of heat, such as wool or swans-down. I apply this layer by placing the substance on the hair and then retaining a soft and yielding cushion for the foot.

the three materials in place by rows of stitch ing through the insole.

D is the ordinary binding which it is desirable to stitch around the edge of the insole to improve its appearance.

The wire-netting A receives all the friction of the contact with the shoe and is not injured thereby, owing to its toughness. It is made sufficiently flexible to conform to the shape of the shoe and accommodate the movements of the foot. In the event of moisture in the shoe it will collect between the open meshes of the wire and will not reach the wearers foot. The hair B, in its immediate position between the wire-netting and the top covering of the insole, serves to cushion the latter, owing to its elastic-nature, and also provides through its interstices for ventilation between the top and bottom layers. The slippery quality of the hair renders it peculiarly adapted for a middle layer in the insole, as the continual move ment of the insole when in use causes considerable relative movement of the different layers, which is partly accommodated by the movement of the hairs on each other. The wear which would result from such movement of the layers upon each other is also greatly reduced by the ease with which the top and bottom layers slide upon the hair.

In use,when one part of this insole is compressed by the pressure of the foot, the parts not under pressure are expanded by the elas ticity of the material, and thus a movement of air is caused, which assists in keeping the insole dry.

My improved insole may be made separate from the boot or shoe and be placed loosely therein, or it may be made as part of the sole of the boot or shoe.

These insoles are exceedingly comfortable, as the upper layer, which comes in contact with the foot, is a non-conductor of heat,and is suflicient-ly porous to allow air or perspiration to pass through it, and its elasticity, together with that of the layer of hair beneath it, forms The open meshes of the bottom layer of wire-netting allow a certain amount of air to lodge under the insole, which assists in keeping the boot or shoe warm and dry while worn.

I find that swans-down is an excellent material for the upper layer of my improved insole.

Cork may be substituted for the intermediate layer of hair, if desired.

Instead of the wire-netting, I may use a sheet of closely-perforated flexible metal for the bottom layer of my insole, although this is not so desirable as the netting.

I claim as my invention 1. An insole for boots or shoes, consisting of a bottom layer of foraminous metal, an intermediate layer of hair, and a layer of soft fibrous material, the Whole fastened together, substantially as set forth.

2. An insole for boots or shoes,'c0nsisting I 5 of a bottom layer of wire-netting, an intermediate layer of hair, and a layer of wool, the Whole fastened together, substantially as set forth.

In witness whereof I have hereunto signed 20 my name in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.

THOMAS BARKER.

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A. B. GRossLEY, H. INGHAM,

Both of 3 Commercial St, Halifax.

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US20020017036A1 (en) * 2000-07-25 2002-02-14 Christoph Berger Climate configurable sole and shoe
US7210248B2 (en) 2002-11-26 2007-05-01 adidas I{umlaut over (n)}ternational Marketing B.V. Shoe ventilation system
US7918041B2 (en) 2007-09-04 2011-04-05 Nike, Inc. Footwear cooling system

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US20020017036A1 (en) * 2000-07-25 2002-02-14 Christoph Berger Climate configurable sole and shoe
US6817112B2 (en) 2000-07-25 2004-11-16 Adidas International B.V. Climate configurable sole and shoe
US8327559B2 (en) 2000-07-25 2012-12-11 Adidas International Marketing B.V. Climate configurable sole and shoe
US7487602B2 (en) 2000-07-25 2009-02-10 Adidas International B.V. Climate configurable sole and shoe
US20090107013A1 (en) * 2000-07-25 2009-04-30 Christoph Berger Climate Configurable Sole and Shoe
US7716852B2 (en) 2000-07-25 2010-05-18 Adidas International Marketing B.V. Climate configurable sole and shoe
US7210248B2 (en) 2002-11-26 2007-05-01 adidas I{umlaut over (n)}ternational Marketing B.V. Shoe ventilation system
US7918041B2 (en) 2007-09-04 2011-04-05 Nike, Inc. Footwear cooling system
US8191284B2 (en) 2007-09-04 2012-06-05 Nike, Inc. Footwear cooling system

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