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What is wrong with these boots? Looks like surgery was done on them?
Hi guys! I was wondering if anybody here is able to tell to see if the heels on these boots are useless, use able, or repairable : ) I need to mount figure skating blades on them. These are harlick competitor boots, used, in 4.5 C. I have high arches, wider feet, and am prone to supinating (right foot falls towards outside edge)
I am asking becuase I would like to buy these boots, however, there looks to be a deep slice in the heel area which I am somewhat worried about. THese boots were used for synchro and there is skater's biege synchro tape on the outside (it's not leather peeling off)
If you were me, would you buy the boots given the condition of the heels and soles? Would you repair it? I don't know if I can redrill in holes that have been plugged (sounds unsafe to me!?)
Thanks again everybody so much!!
- Rep Power
From the first picture, it looks like the previous owner had a leather shim placed under the blade mounting. I have something like this too, and it's because my feet pronate (roll to the inside) badly, and the shim tilts the sole on the inside so my feet roll back to a more centered position.
The thing about adjustments like this is that they're pretty individual adjustments for the individual skater. If you don't have the same body alignment as the previous owner, the fit/orientation of the boot might be an issue for you. The shim could be removed and the blade could be remounted, but if the boots have been worn for a while, the rest of the boot might have stretched or shaped in line with the shim, and it might be difficult to get it to feel "right" for you.
Is there a skate shop in your area with a good technician? Are you able to take the skates in to see if s/he could do the adjustments on the blade and boot if the shim is removed? If not, then I think you might be better off to get a new pair - especially with all the other things with these skates that you are worried about.