It's unusual in Maryland, but the water is getting solid. I love to skate on ponds, and the ponds ought to be about ready to skate on. I rooted around and found my OLD skates (we're talking 50 years), and I am crushed to find the sole of the skate is separating from the boot.
I guess I should take them to a cobbler, but I think the cobbler would have to remove the skate blades, which are screwed into the sole. I fear removing the blades would be the end of skates. Somehow, I doubt rescrewing the blades onto 50-year old soles is going to be successful.
So, rather than asking a cobbler to resew the soles onto the boot, I'm contemplating glue. What kind of glue? Unless somebody has a better idea, I think I'd try GFlex, although maybe shoe-goo will work.
There are p-netters who have considerable knowledge about glues, so I thought I'd ask, although it is only sort of water-sport related.
My wife says "just buy new skates," to which I replied, "people my age don't buy skates." I'm sure there are exceptions, but I only use the skates a couple times every couple years, I am the age where I break rather than bounce, and it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for me to be buying skates.
I will appreciate any advice to this off-topic post.
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I'll bet the G/flex would work|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-25-14 8:31 PM (EST)
If it were me, I would try it
G Flex for shoe repair|
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-25-14 9:06 PM (EST)
I have used G Flex epoxy to glue felt soles back onto a pair of wet shoes with neoprene uppers, to glue the hard, synthetic soles back onto a pair of old-fashioned cleated cycling shoes with leather uppers, and to repair soles separating from some Merrell water shoes and it has worked pretty well.
In addition to putting thickened |
Posted by: ezwater on Jan-25-14 11:15 PM (EST)
G-flex into the crack between the sole and the shoe body (if my eyes perceive the problem correctly), I would probably put a couple of layers of Kevlar down the side of the shoe body and down under the plate bearing the blade towers. Kevlar doesn't stretch much at all and is very strong in tension.
I agree with your wife, with one caveat|
Posted by: sjt78 on Jan-26-14 12:50 PM (EST)
You don't need to buy "new" skates. Hit up any number of used sports equipment places and get yourself a new to you pair of hockey skates. Your feet and ankles will appreciate it and maybe you will skate more often than a couple of times every few years. I bet for $40-50 you can get a decent pair.
Waiting for the glue to dry|
Posted by: booztalkin on Jan-26-14 11:20 PM (EST)
Thanks for the advice.
A cobbler would likely|
Posted by: elcarajo on Jan-27-14 11:56 AM (EST)
give your skate a new sole, so the blades would be screwed into new materials and consequently be as strong and durable as they were 50 years ago.
Posted by: jackl on Jan-30-14 10:06 AM (EST)
Did it work out OK on the skates?