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Sept. 25 1928.
R. A. BUNKER
Filed July 9 1927
2 SheetsSheet 1
Sept. 25 1928.
R. A. BUNKER
Filed July 9 1927
2 SheetsSheet 2
Patented Sept. 25 1928.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
RALPH A. BUNKER OF YARMOUTH MAINE.
Application filed July 9 1927. Serial No. .
In footwear subject to rough usage such as that employed in skiing in hunting in ranching and the like snow in the winter time and dust and sand in the summer time are
4 apt to pass from the outside to the inside of the footwear frequently occasioning wet blistered or chafed feet of the wearer also vines weeds. twigs etc. are apt to become entangled in any catchy surface on the exterior of the
i0 footwear and thus perhaps trip the wearer. Under my improved construction I render practically impossible the penetration of foreign matter from the outside to the inside of the boot or shoe or any interference from
15 vines or other entangling material and likewise secure certain other important advantages hereinafter referred to.
While my invention as stated above is adapted to use by those practicing the sport
40 or business of skiing ranching hunting lumbering and the like and consequently the footwear may be made differently in certain respects to especially adapt it to the intended use nevertheless the features of construction
25 which constitute my invention will be substantially the same in them all and since my new footwear is well adapted to the sport or business of skiing I will in the drawings hereof illustrate it as applied to a ski boot as one
30 of several forms . in which it may be constructed.
In the drawings hereof Fig. 1 represents a side elevation of a socalled "ski boot" in its closed position as upon the foot of the wearer.
35 Fig. 2 represents a side elevation of the boot shown in Fig. 1 the socalled apron of the vamp being pressed forwardly and the two quarters separated to permit the entrance of the foot of the wearer the tongue in this fig
40 ure is omitted.
Fig. 3 represents a plan view of the boot shown in Fig. 2 including the lacing.
Fig. 4 represents an elevation of Fig. 2 showing the socalled tongue but omitting the
45 gussets between the apron and the quarters.
Fig. 5 is an elevation of Fig. 2 showing one of the gussets connecting the apron and one of the quarters in a partially extended position the tongue being pressed forward to
50 gether with the apron.
In the drawings (1) represents the sole (2)
the heel (3) the back stay (4) the vamp
(5) the apron of the vamp. This vamp (4)
with its apron (5) which forms part of the
55 vamp is a seamless imperforate and pref
erably smooth piece of material usually
leather. It constitutes the entire shoe above the sole excepting the quarters gussets and back stay and it as well as the quarters and back stay may be waterproofed if desired 60 and attached to the sole and heel in any preferred manner usually by the socalled welt construction. (6) is a strap connected at one edge of the apron near its upper part and provided with a buckle (8). (7) is a strap con 65 nected to the opposite edge of the apron. (9) (9)see Fig. 2are the two quarters of the structure. They are sewed to the upper edge of the vamp (4) on substantially the line (16) and are each provided with eyelets 70 hooks or the equivalent (10) adapted to receive lacings. (11) (11)see best Fig. 3are two gussets attached respectively at their front edges (12) (12) to the apron near its edges and at their rear edges (13) (13) to the 75 quarters respectively somewhat in rear of the eyelets or hooks (10) and between the line of attachment of the gussets (11) to the quarters (9) there is a tongue (14)see best Fig. 4which extends upwardly and preferably pro 30 j ects somewhat above the top of the foot opening as best seen in Fig. 1. At the upper end of the back stay (3) I prefer to form a loop (15) for aid in pulling the boot upon the foot.
The parts being made and assembled substantially as above described the operation and function of the parts is as follows.
The apron (5) being pressed forward as in Fig. 2 thereby extending the two gussets (11) (11) on each side of the foot opening 90 which is thus materially enlarged the foot of
the wearer may readily be inserted particularly through the aid of the pull strap. (15) at the upper end of the back stay (3). When the foot is inserted the tongue (14) is prefer 95 ably pulled upwardly somewhat so as to make it lie smooth and in proper position. Thereupon the lacings which engage in the eyelets or hooks (10) in the two quarters (9) (9)
are snugly drawn into position whereby the loo two quarters one on each side will be snugly brought against the ankle of the wearer with such tightness of grasp as desired depending upon the pull upon the lacings. This is an important feature because in skiing and in hunting or fishing in rough or slippery places good firm ankle support is very desirable and under the stated construction if the quarters are made of sufficiently strong and stiff material they will give practically unyielding support to the ankle.
The lacing having been effected the apron
(5) is drawn back snugly against the lacing and the now tightly laced edges of the quarters and the straps (6) (7) being passed to the rear of the ankle the buckle and strap are
5 engaged and drawn up to such one of the holes in the strap as will give the desired snug grasping of the ankle the quarters the tongue and the back stay as the wearer may desire.
From the above description it is obvious
10 that since the vamp (4) and its apron (o) are a continuous smooth seamless and imperforate piece of material the only seam in the entire structure being the seam (16) which connects the rear sections of the. vamp
15 with the quartersand of course the seam at the rear of the structure which is covered and protected by the back stay (3)that aay penetration of foreign material from the outside to the inside of the footwear is
20 possible except such as possibly cane enter through the opening at the top and this is practically impossible because it is prevented by the presence of the ankle of the wearer and by the snug engagement between the
25 tightly laced quarters (9) (9) and the strapped apron (5) against the ankle of the wearer.
It will be obvious to those who are familiar with such matters that the above described
3o exteriorly smooth and seamless footwear possesses advantages which so far as I am aware have never been realized before prominent among which are the exclusion of all foreign matter from the interior of the footwearand
35 the protection of the wearer against wet irritations and chafing and when used by hunters in rough land the avoidance of tripping occasioned by vines twigs or weeds becoming entangled in the somewhat rough and
40 catchy exterior surfaces of similar footwear as heretofore made.
The above description and the drawingshereof disclose one desirable form for the construction of socalled ski boots but I wish it distinctly understood that I do not 45 limit myself to the details of construction shown and described because in the manufacture of boots designed for skiing as well as for other purposes the form of certain of the parts and their method of combination rilay 50 be somewhat altered and yet the essentials of the invention be retained.
It will of course be understood that where in the following claims I refer to the vamp
as imperforate and seamless that thestitch 55 mg connecting the gussets with the edges of the apron and the quarters with the upper edges of the vamp and those at the back stay are not included.
I claim 6o
1. Sportsmen's footwear having a vamp said vamp having an upwardly extending apron quarters extending upwardly from the rear portions of the vamp adjustable means totightly secure the quarters together 65 about an ankle and adjustable means to tightly secure the apron around the quarters the latter means being unsecured to thequarter s and extending from the apron and adapted to surround the quarters. 70
2. Sportsmen's footwear having a vamp said vamp having an upwardly extending apron quarters extending upwardly from the rear portions of the vamps said quarters at their forward edges having eyelets to re 75 ceive lacing to tightly secure the quarters together about an ankle and adjustable strap means connected solely to the vamp to surroundthe quarters to tightly secure the apron around the quarters and gussets disposed 80 between the apron and quarters and extending substantially the height of the quarters.
RALPH A. BUNKER.