Figure Skates, Figure Skating

Geppetto’s Skate Shop Services

Ask Mr. Edge about Figure Skates

Mr. Edge and Geppetto’s offer services to skaters of all levels. Whether it’s just a simple skate sharpening or something more complicated such as reinforcing boot tongues, both Mr. Edge and Geppetto’s guarantee that the job will be done properly.

Boot Fittings

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The importance of a proper boot fitting shouldn’t be underestimated. It is the first line of defense in making sure that the skater has an enjoyable experience while skating; making it easier for them to not only break in their skates but to also achieve their skating goals within a reasonable amount of time.

Geppetto’s is widely known throughout the Midwest for the accuracy of both their stock and custom boot fittings. With over 30 years of experience, it’s no wonder that skaters choose Geppetto’s as their first choice when it comes to finding just the right boot for their level of skating. Geppetto’s sells both new and used boots and blades.

Fittings are done by appointment only. Anyone may come in at any time for a fitting but may have to wait depending upon our schedule, which is usually booked up 2 days in advance during weekdays and 1 to 1 ½ weeks in advance for Saturday’s. Geppetto’s is closed on Sunday’s.

To make an appointment with Mr. Edge for a fitting at the main store, call (630) 852-2101 anytime after 3 p.m. on weekdays or 10 a.m. on Saturday’s. If you would like to schedule an appointment at one of our out-of-town locations, simply click on info@askmredge.com to schedule an appointment.

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Skate Sharpening

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A good blade sharpening begins with the individual sharpening them. Very few rink pro-shops will sharpen freestyle skates because of the time and precision accuracy required to sharpen them. As a result, figure skaters sometimes travel great distances to an outside source to have them sharpened.

To be a good skate sharpener requires a keen eye for detail, steady hands, and many hours of practice on a sharpening machine. Sometimes it can take several months or even longer for an individual to perfect their technique to an acceptable level of consistent quality.

Skaters need to be wary of anyone offering to sharpen their skates for free. Chances are that person has just purchased a new sharpening machine and can’t wait to begin impressing everyone with their newly acquired knowledge, which often times doesn’t reflect experience. It takes many hours of practice before an individual becomes comfortable with their machine. Just like anything else, if you don’t use it, you lose it! Having only a few hours of practice in no way qualifies anyone to be, “A Skilled Skate Sharpener.”

Mr. Edge has over 30 years of sharpening experience and guarantees that every sharpening will last 4-6 weeks and sometimes longer depending on the type of steel your blades are made out of. Blades made of stainless steel will most often times last up to twice as long when sharpened correctly as compared to carbon steel blades.

Sharpening is done on a first come first serve basis unless an appointment has been made in advance. If you have more than 1 pair to be sharpened, allow at least 10 - 15 minutes for each pair.

Current in Store Sharpening Prices (per pair)

Paramount and Ultima Matrix $24.00
All Other Freestyle Blades $22.00
Learn to Skate/All Purpose Blades $10.00
Hockey Blades $ 8.00
Goalie Blades $ 10.00

New hockey blades which have never been sharpened take longer to do and therefore a small additional charge of $1.00 will be added on.

If mailing in skates to be sharpened, include the following information on a separate piece of paper tucked into either boot:

Name:
Full Address: (designate home or business)
Phone Number: (easiest number to reach you at)
E-mail Address:

A return shipping fee of $20.00 should be added on to the sharpening cost. You can either include a check made out to Geppetto’s Skate Shop or place your credit card number on the same piece of paper that includes your return shipping information.

Blade Mounting

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How often does a skater’s blade come loose during practice or while competing and a blade falls off?

Unfortunately, far too many times and always when a skater least expects it. Geppettos’ safe and secure methods for sealing leather soles and heels guarantees that a skater will never need to worry about the blades coming loose, falling off, or the heels and soles of their boots rotting or twisting.

A key factor in avoiding injury is having the proper boot and blade interface. One can’t overlook the significance of maintaining proper balance while skating. In order to maintain balance, it is very important that the blade lay as level as possible across the sole and heel of the boot. If not, a takeoff, landings, spins, and skating in general will be more difficult. It can also lead to chronic lower leg, knee, and back pain, or injury.

The heel and sole plate angles of blades most often do not align themselves perfectly across the boot bottoms because sole leather is very pliable and as a result can become uneven during the manufacturing process. Consequently, it is up to the individual mounting the blades to level the boots.

When trying to level blades, most individuals will use either a plastic or leather wedge inserted under the sole or heel plate of the blade. We here at Geppetto’s believe this to be a very insecure way of leveling the blades and instead prefer to level the boot itself; thereby providing a much more level surface on which the blades can be securely mounted too. This is all accomplished by using our specialized sanding equipment.

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Heel & Sole Waterproofing

Before any attempt at mounting blades, leather soles, and heels should first be waterproofed. The most commonly used sealant is Sno-Seal. Skaters must keep in mind that leather is not only pliable but very porous and absorbent as well. Sno-Seal, if not applied regularly will not prevent water from eventually soaking into the heels and soles. When this happens, the heels and soles begin to swell up and the blades start to loosen. At this point, it is very common for the mounting screws to begin falling out.

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After a few weeks, the soles and heels will need another application of Sno-Seal. It will not be necessary to remove the blades when applying further applications.

Other types of sealants include varnishes and polyurethanes, both of which will give the soles and heels a harder and longer lasting finish. The best results can be achieved by using a commercial grade of polyurethane; the most resistant to wear and tear. Varnish on the other hand, tends to chip, crack, and peel within a short period of time.

Unless otherwise directed, we here at Geppetto’s use a commercial grade of polyurethane to insure that your heels and soles outlast the life of the boot. If you wish, you can also choose to decorate the soles and heels with stickers and/or glitter.

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Waterproofing Costs

Sno-Seal $50.00
Supercoat $99.00

Note: Sno-Sealing takes approximately one day. Supercoating takes three to 4 days depending upon weather and humidity conditions. Cost for both includes a temporary mounting of your blades. A permanent mounting should follow when the skater is sure that the blades are positioned properly.

If you are an in-town customer, the permanent mount will be performed when picking up your skates unless otherwise directed by you or your coach. Out-of-town customers will need to permanently mount the skates themselves unless Mr. Edge will be in your area to do it for you.

When mailing in skates to be waterproofed, include the following information on a separate piece of paper tucked into either boot:

Name:
Full Address: (designate home or business)
Phone Number: (easiest number to reach you at)
E-mail Address:

A return shipping fee of $15.00 should be added on to the waterproofing cost. You can either include a check made out to Geppetto’s Skate Shop or place your credit card number on the same piece of paper that includes your return shipping information.

Boot Stretching

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Using our stretching machine, boots can be stretched almost ½ size in length and a full size or more in width. Heat moldable boots can be done within about an hour while others may need to be left on overnight in order for them to retain the stretch.

Stretching Cost:

Any boots $12.00/pair
  $6.00 individual boot (1)

Note: Composition soled boots (non-leather heels and soles) will barely stretch in the length but do well in the width. We therefore can not guarantee that these types of boots will stretch enough to give you the relief you need or had hoped for.

When mailing in skates to be stretched, include the following information on a separate piece of paper tucked into either boot:

Name:
Full Address: (designate home or business)
Phone Number: (easiest number to reach you at)
E-mail Address:

A return shipping fee of $20.00 should be added on to the stretching cost. You can either include a check made out to Geppetto’s Skate Shop or place your credit card number on the same piece of paper that includes your return shipping information.

Tongue Reinforcement and Relining

In order to reduce or avoid lace bite, it may be necessary at times to have the boot tongues reinforced, relined, or replaced altogether. If you are one of those skaters whose tongues continually seem to break down prematurely, have the tongues re-enforced at the factory next time you order new boots. There is an additional charge, and prices vary for each manufacturer.

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In addition to reinforcing the tongues, we also add in an extra reinforcing stitch line across the toe area to keep the tongue from dropping down on top of the toes. If necessary, we also replace the tongue lining with a 3/8” open cell sponge padding.

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Note: Not all tongues can be repaired without having to replace them entirely. We only reinforce and/or reline tongues from the following boot manufacturers:
Harlick
SP-Teri

Reinforcement/Relining Costs:

Total reinforcement/relining $60.00/pair
Replace lining only $45.00/pair

Note: It is advised to always have the same work done on both tongues and not just one of them. The resistance of only having one (1) tongue reinforced will feel very awkward to a skater.

When mailing in skates to have the tongues reinforced or relined, include the following information on a separate piece of paper tucked into either boot:

Name:
Full Address: (designate home or business)
Phone Number: (easiest number to reach you at)
E-mail Address:

A return shipping fee of $20.00 should be added on to the reinforcing/relining cost. You can either include a check made out to Geppetto’s Skate Shop or place your credit card number on the same piece of paper that includes your return shipping information.

Boot Polishing

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No matter how often someone skates, when competition time arrives, a skater will always be scrambling to make their skates look clean and presentable. So just how does a skater accomplishment this seemingly impossible task within a very short period of time?

If you click on our Learning Center link, you will be able to see just how easy it is to polish your own boots. On the other hand, you can always send them in to us, and we will gladly do them for you.

Boot Polishing Cost:

White to White $25.00
Black to Black $20.00

Note: We only re-polish boots of the same color. We do not change from one color to another because we cannot guarantee that the new color will stay for any length of time. We do not re-polish tan boots because of the many different color shades and the fact that some manufacturers do not sell polish to exactly match the shade of their factory tanned leathers.

When mailing in skates to have the boots re-polished, include the following information on a separate piece of paper tucked into either boot:

Name:
Full Address: (designate home or business)
Phone Number: (easiest number to reach you at)
E-mail Address:

A return shipping fee of $20.00 should be added on to the re-polishing cost. You can either include a check made out to Geppetto’s Skate Shop or place your credit card number on the same piece of paper that includes your return shipping information.

Boot Taping

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Synchro skaters often times tape their skates in order to change the color from white to tan. Geppetto’s will gladly tape your boots either tan or white using Sk8 Tape.

If you click on our Learning Center link, you will be able to see just how easy it is to tape your own boots. On the other hand, you can always send them in to us, and we will gladly do them for you.

Boot Taping Costs:

One price for any taping: $35.00/pair
Extra tape (black or white): $ 7.00/roll - wide
  $ 6.00/roll – narrow

When mailing in skates to have the boots taped, include the following information on a separate piece of paper tucked into either boot:

Name:
Full Address: (designate home or business)
Phone Number: (easiest number to reach you at)
E-mail Address:

A return shipping fee of $20.00 should be added on to the taping cost. You can either include a check made out to Geppetto’s Skate Shop or place your credit card number on the same piece of paper that includes your return shipping information.

Since 1978, Geppetto’s Skate Shop and Mr. Edge have been serving the needs of skaters throughout the Midwest. Mr. Edge’s experience and knowledge has made him one of the world’s leading authorities on boots, blades and sharpening. His recently released book “Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury” explains and provides solutions to common blade, boot, and sharpening problems. The book also explains many of the common injuries to the ankle, foot, hips, knees, and lower back that competitive skaters are prone too throughout their career and how they can be reduced or avoided altogether. The book is available at: Amazon.com