ASK MR. EDGE

December 2009

Mr. Edge is a qualified skate technician with years and years of experience. He can answer your questions on boots, blades and foot problems related to your equipment. Questions will be answered in SKATING magazine and later posted on the web site.



Happy Holidays. Here's wishing everyone the best this holiday season and into the New Year.

Why is it that everyone goes out of their way to make sure their skating attire practice outfits and program dresses is dolled up to look as attractive as possible while their boots are in such distress and off-white at best?

I know this doesn't apply to everyone, and you know who you are. I'd like to offer you some help. It will only take a couple hours at most, but it will add some brightness to your overall look on the ice.

Allow me to share with you my method for turning those dingy, dull off-white skates into a sight to behold. Boys might also take note.

You have two choices in making your skates look white and bright or spit-shine black. You can have someone else do them, like a local shoe repair shop, or do them yourselves. Black boots
Items needed: (available at most shoe repair shops)

    1. Boot cleaner, deglazing fluid
    2. Black Kiwi shoe polish, flat can container
    3. Shine brush
    4. Clear coat spray wax
    5. New laces
Method for polishing:
    1. Remove laces from boots and clean with deglazing fluid
    2. Let dry for 15 minutes
    3. Apply black polish over entire boot and let dry for five minutes
    4. Using shine brush, buff the entire boot, including the sides of your soles and heels, until a shine appears. This could take a few minutes, so turn on your favorite program and have at it.
    4. Put new laces in
    A shoe repair shop could do this for you in about 20 minutes
White boots
Items needed: (available at most shoe repair shops)
    1. Boot cleaner, deglazing fluid
    2. Masking tape
    3. Fieblings white leather dye
    4. White Harlick boot polish (not available in shoe stores)
    5. Camel or ox hair paintbrush, wide
    6. Meltonian white spray polish
    7. Clear coat spray wax
New laces
Method for polishing:
    1. Mask off the soles and heels of your boots, and remove laces
    2. Clean boots with deglazing fluid
    3. Let dry 15 minutes
    4. Apply the white leather dye to any bare, gray areas on your boots, and let dry for 10 minutes
    5. Repeat if necessary. Note: The white dye only serves as an undercoat for the polish. It will not cover the bare spot entirely.
    6. Brush on the white polish using even back and forth strokes along the boots' sides and tongues, and up and down along the backstay. Note: If you don't do it in this manner, the brush strokes will stand out like a sore thumb.
    7. Let dry for 30 minutes and repeat with a second coat if necessary
    8. Spray with the white spray polish and allow to dry 30 minutes
    9. Spray with clear coat wax and let dry for 15 minutes
    10. Put new laces in
    A shoe repair shop could do this for you, but they may take some shortcuts causing your polish to wear off in short order.
Short order white boot polishing method
Items needed: Everything described above, except lines 3 and 4.

Method: Same as above, except lines 5, 6, 7 and 9. Repeat line 8 if necessary.

Now you are done!

Moms and dads, I guess you have your work cut out for you. If there are any questions, you know where to reach me.

Until next year,

Mr. Edge

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The opinions of Mr. Edge are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Figure Skating or SKATING magazine. Remember, if you have problems with your feet, check with a doctor the problem may very well be with your boot, but it could be more serious. Check with your local pro shop for more information about boots and blades.