Charles Goodyear, of London, Eng., has patented certain improvements in the manufacture of boots and shoes. lie makes the boots or shoes of perforated sheet india rubber, and presses on them tips and heels of vulcanized rubberthe perforations serving as air channels, affording ventilation to the foot. He also has invented a new heel for boots and shoes, which is molded of hard india rubber, and making the same hollow, to receive a filling piece of india rubber sponge, or other elastic and yielding substance, which projects somewhat beyond the edge of the enclosing case, so as to form a cushion or buffer for easing the blow of the heel when it strikes upon the ground.