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1855 Goodyear Patent
GB Patent 2567 of 1855 awarded to Charles Goodyear (42, Avenue Gabrielle, Paris) for:
“IMPROVEMENTS IN SHOES AND BOOTS WHEN INDIA-RUBBER IS USED”.
This patent describes various methods of manufacturing the uppers of boots and shoes using combinations of materials including India-rubber and leather.
The two advantages of the footwear manufactured using this method are that:
The exterior is waterproof.
The footwear is ventilated.
A ‘shoemaker’s last’ is a holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes. A ‘corrugated last’ is used in this invention to create corrugated uppers made from the india-rubber & leather combination.
These corrugated uppers are then perforated with numerous small holes allowing for the free circulation of air from the interior of the shoe or boot; at the same time, any moisture falling on the exterior of the uppers will be conducted away by the channels between the corrugations.
This results in the production of footwear with a waterproof exterior and an interior with numerous perforations allowing the free circulation of air to ventilate the upper parts of the feet.
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- GB Patent 2567 of 1855 awarded to Charles Goodyear (42, Avenue Gabrielle, Paris) for: “IMPROVEMENTS IN SHOES AND BOOTS WHEN INDIA-RUBBER IS USED”.
- Sealed 25 November 1856, dated 14 November 1855, London
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- Patent 1855 No 2567
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