Figure Skate Repairs

Some Skate repairs are best left to the manufacturer or even a shoe repair shop to be completed due to the equipment needed to perform the repair.

Repairs such as boot relining or complete new heels and soles are best left to the manufacturer or shoe repair shop.

The following repairs can be done at Geppetto’s:

  • Plug old holes and reseal boot bottoms
  • Level soles and heels before mounting blades 
  • Glue down loose tongue linings
  • Replace old insoles
  • Minor arch build-up corrections to insoles

If, in our opinion we are unable to repair your skates, we will advise you as to the ... 

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Boot Fittings

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 Skate Shop is widely known throughout the Midwest for the accuracy of both ... 

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Skate Sharpening

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 ... 

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New Technology

Over the years Mr. Edge has always been on the lookout for new products and technology. On this page skaters can find out what’s new in the industry; products, technology, and other relevant news as well.


12 years ago skate blades took a quantum leap forward when Paramount Sk8S introduced hi-wear resistant 420 and 440 stainless steel blades into the marketplace. Housed in lightweight aluminum, ... 

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About Geppetto’s and Mr. Edge


Silver Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards!

Congratulations John Harmata, for winning in the Non-Fiction: Sports/Fitness/Recreation category for Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury. We can’t thank you enough for taking part in the awards this year and for your contribution to promoting the value of ebooks. We enjoyed reading and evaluating your title. and want to let you know what will happen next.


Welcome to Geppetto’s ... 

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Using Orthotics

Skaters Benefit from Orthotic Use

  • What are orthotics and when should they be used?
  • What is the difference between an orthotic and a customized insole?
  • At what age or skating level do skater’s need orthotics?
  • Where is the best source to turn too when considering orthotics?
  • Will the same orthotics fit in shoes and skates?
  • How long will my orthotics last?

The age or skating level at which orthotics should be used varies. A better question to ask is whether or not a skater will benefit from them. Foot mechanics involve complex structures and positions. Consisting of 26 bones (Fig. 1), the foot is supported and controlled by ligaments, muscles, and tendons that provide the skater with powerful and precise movements. If proper positioning of these bones ... 

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Appraising Used Skates

One of the most often asked questions around the shop is “How much are my skates worth.”

No matter if it’s just boots or both blades and boots, skating parents are always curious as to how much they should sell their skates for or what the trade in value will be.

Although there is no clear cut method to determine the value of used blades ... 

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Purchasing Skates – New vs. Used

When buying skates for young children it is not always necessary to purchase new ones. Keep in mind that children grow out of their skates very quickly and do not abuse them very much. More often than not parents can find a pair of used children’s skates in excellent condition.

Note: When buying skates for a young child, it is helpful to establish a time line as to when the child last changed shoe sizes. Once this is established, parents will have a good idea of just how long it will be until a new pair of skates is needed. Used skates in size (1) and below sell very quickly and are difficult to find. Larger sizes (5) and above tend to be broken down too much for a competitive skater to use, but recreational skaters on the other hand, have an easier time skating in them.

What to check for in a used skate:

  • Both

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Medical Advisory Staff

Geppetto’s Skate Shop and Mr. Edge are always looking for ways to improve on how we do things and in relaying important information to you. Your input has lead to the creation of our “Medical Advisory Staff”, which we believe to be made up of some of the most knowledgeable people from around the world in their respective fields.

Dr. Robert A. Weil, DPM

Born and raised in New York City, ... 

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