I know several coaches whose skates are now in fun colors and patterns. DH's coach had pink suede Klingbeils and one ice dance coach had a pair made that look like Timberland work boots in brown and beige, very cute.
And yes, the dreaded OTB tight can hide a multitude of sins, including colorful boots. Good for Sasha, she is using her head here and moving into a good place. And she has researched the markets! Go, Sasha!
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
Colored skates will be popular with the LTS crowd. They grow out of them so fast anyway!
I only just watched this video - thanks for posting the link!
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Well from the look of the skates on the video, they seem on the neutral side of being colorful-almost like a color accent on the skate. I think they might work!
She is much more articulate than she used to be, and she seems like such an adult now!! I am so glad she stopped trying to make it in Hollywood.
You can tell she was so proud of herself talking all that finance!
Man, I always liked her as a skater, with her porciline doll features, and as a personality. But this is a side of her I didn't know or expect!
Sasha looks gorgeous as always and I'm happy for her that she's gone on to other interests in her life.
Glad to see Sasha happy.
I'm thinking that maybe some kind of interchangeable boot covers would have been more practical for the general skating population and the OTT fancy ones for more exclusive/eccentric customers. But, what do I know?
Definitely not suprised to see her designing since she designed many of her skating dresses.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are--Joseph Campbell
I would love to buy a pair of purple skates. Are those skates on the market? I ran an internet search and can't find them for sale or a website.
You can get custom purple skates from any of the big-name makers like Klingbeil, SP-Teri and Harlick. I assume Riedell and Jackson will also color your skates, but if not, you can always use skate tape or dye to DIY.
As soon as I heard "Flatiron district" and saw the boots, I knew who the manufacturer was! They're Klingbeils - you can see The Chair in the background towards the end of the interview and the boots have the under-cut sole that is so distinctive to the skates' look.
Klingbeil has always made custom skates with texture, color and glitz, but this is a chance to promote the skates with a famous name as the "designer." Only experienced skaters (and fans) know the Klingbeil name, but it does represent quality and customer service. http://www.klingbeilskatingboots.com/ Many more people, including those looking for a status symbol, know the name "Sasha Cohen." (Although Sasha Baron Cohen has sort of diluted the name recognition.)
Wonder why the Klingbeil name was left out of the interview? The men shown are part of the Adoni Group, which brought Klingbeil into their fold earlier this year. Perhaps they're splitting out the stock Klingbeil boot line separate from the customs. I'm very curious about the pricing and the target market.
I never tried Harlick. I prefer SP Teri and Klingbeil was right in the area.
Edited to add that I went to their new site and see they have purple skates. Maybe they revised their stance on colored leather but I remember wanting those Pasha colored skates so badly and couldn't get them from SP Teri or Klingbeil.
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"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Thanks for that, IceAlisa! I've really enjoyed some of the interviews that Sasha has taken part in since her retirement from competitive skating. I found her interviews in her competitive days rather dull, but since then, she's opened up a lot more and in fact, has mentioned that she's now able to be a lot more candid and less careful about what she says in public. It makes her a lot more relatable and interesting as a person. Part of this is obviously due to growing up, but it's nice to get to know a bit more about her personality off-ice.
That headstand she did was pretty impressive...not that I would've expected anything less from her! It's nice to see her looking healthy (she always seemed just a little too thin when she was competing) and enjoying a bit more balance in life too. That diet she mentioned was super strict! It makes me wonder if other competitive skaters are similarly as strict with their food intake.
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