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    • A43B13/00Soles; Sole and heel units
    • A43B13/28Soles; Sole and heel units characterised by their attachment, also attachment of combined soles and heels
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HEEL EOE BOOTS 0E SHOES. No. 479,560'. Patented July 26, 1892.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 479,560, dated July 2,6, 1892. Application filed February 8, 1889. Serial No. 299,180. (No model.)

To all whom t may concern.-

Be it known that I, NATHANIEL S. BRAKE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Pittsfield, in the county of Merrimac and State of New Hampshire, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Heels for Boots or Shoes, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in explaining its nature.

The invention relates to the 'herein-described improvement in boot and shoe heelblanks, which consists in a detached heel having a number of skeleton lifts made from Whole or entire lifts by the removal of interior sections, which sections are not waste, but serve for lifts in smallerheels, and ablock of wood or other material inserted into the cavity of the skeleton lifts, and the exposed or upper surface of which is shaped to provide a concave heel-seat.

Referring to the drawings, Figures l and 3 are views of skeleton lifts. resent sections removed from them. Figs. 5 and 6 are views of a core or plug used to ll the cavity of the heel. Fig. 7 is a sectional View representing a heel attached to the sole of a boot or shoe, and Fig. 8 is a view in perspective of an attached and finished heel.

In practicing the invention a number of lifts of leather or other suitable material of the central and lower part of the heel are formed in the usual way by dieing or dinking, and the interior sections then removed by dieing or (linking to form smaller lifts.

A represents one of the skeleton lifts, and a the section or lift removed therefrom,form ing in the skeleton lift the cavity a. The removed section or blank o, is not waste, but is used to form the lift of another smaller heel, and where of good stock it may be used for a top lift. The skeleton lifts form the exterior of the central and lower parts of the heel.

B is a block or plug, preferably of wood, of a size to snugly fit the cavity d of a number of lifts. This block has a iiat tread or lower surface b and a concave seat b2.

The cavity in the heel-blank is extended deeper into the heel and of two sizes, and is Figs. 2 and et rep? so shaped that the block or plug of Wood or other material has sections corresponding in size to the sections of the cavitye-namely, the section b3, which fits the smaller orinner part of the cavity, the section h4, which lits the larger part of the cavity, and the shoulder h5. The various skeleton lifts are united to each other and to the plug preferably by fish-glue or other adhesive substance under some pressure, and there is applied to the surface b of the block and to the lowermost of the lifts (in Fig. 7 represented as the uppermost, because the heel is shown inverted) one or more full or solid lifts, and these are also preferably united to the remainder of the heel by glue or other adhesive material, or by nails or other fastenings. The complete heel is secured to the sole of the boot or shoe by nails c, driven through the lift or lifts and plug, and the seat of the heel thus brought and held against the surface of the outsole. A heel made in this way possesses the appearance of a solid leather heel, and is substantially as durable as a solid leather heel. It possesses all the features of a solid leather heelso far as the appearance and wear are concerned, and is cheaper to make and is also lighter. It is cheaper because the removed sections of the lifts are utilizable in the construction of other or smaller heels, as ordinary lifts and as top lifts, and by making the block B large near the seat I am enabled to obtain larger removed lifts or blanks from the upper lifts of the heel. The block or plug being of wood or other easily molded or worked material affords means whereby an accurate concave heel-seat may be cheaply and easily formed and before it is inserted into the cavity of the heel-blank, and by thus forming the heelseat I am enabled to save the expense of molding the heel to form such heel-seat, also the operation of molding, or, where a molded effect is obtained by a rand, of the rand, and to obtain a heel-seat of better shape than that usually found in a molded all-leather heel-blank, the cavity of the filling block or IOO Having thus fully described rny invention, the tread-blanks and skeleton lifts outside of I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent the edges of the block or plug, said skeleton of the United Stateslifts being arranged to bring the greatest body As an improved article of manufacture, a of leather toward the tread of the heel-blank, 5 heel-blank Zcpmprising a block or plug having substantially as described.

a shoulder and an inner concave heel-seat 1 depression b2, skeleton lifts of varying Widths NATHANIEL S' BRAKE' surrounding said block or plug, and one or In presence ofmore tread-lifts applied to the block or plug HARRY C. LANCASTER., ro and secured by fastenings passing through H. E. DARLING.

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