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This was granted to Howard Dananberg last week: DEVICE FOR HIGH-HEELED SHOES AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING A HIGH-HEELED SHOE
A device for insertion in a high-heeled shoe has a first crescent shaped raised area in a region underlying the forward edge of a wearer's heel bone and a second raised area underlying the metatarsals of the wearer is described. Also described is a method for constructing a shoe using the device and the resulting shoe.
In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a device for insertion into a high-heeled shoe and a corresponding method of constructing shoes using the device. The device comprises (a) a rear region positioned to underlie the calcaneus in at least the area forward of the tuberosity of the calcaneus, the upper surface of said rear region having a portion which gradually rises from the rear of the device to a crescent shaped apex, said apex lying under the area forward of the tuberosity of the calcaneus and (b) a forward region positioned to underlie at least a portion of the shafts of the metatarsals, the upper surface of said forward region having a portion which gradually rises to an apex positioned to underlie the shafts of the second and third metatarsals. In the preferred embodiment, the device has a bridging or middle region which connects said forward and rear regions, the device is flexible and the upper surface of the device is smoothly contoured between all regions. A feature and advantage of the device of the present invention is that the device may be universally applied to conventional high-heeled shoes without the need to otherwise modify the shoes or the shoe last. A shoe may be constructed with the device according to the present invention by incorporating the device into the shoe during the manufacturing process or the device may be applied post-manufacture by the wearer.