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02-18-2014, 11:17 PM
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Suggestions for 're'-breaking in pre loved skates

In the process of upgrading and replacing all the old gear, pretty much all 'Cooper' stuff and past its use by date. In the process of doing so I stumbled across a pair of pretty much brand new and immaculate condition old Bauer Custom 3000's. They must be at least 14 or 15 years old but look brand new, are still stiff as can be and I snapped them up as a stop gap for a bit.

With all the outlay on stuff that needs replacing, thought I'd save the new skates till last being the biggest outlay

The boot size is fine size wise, an 11ee (wear a 13 shoe) replacing my old Bauer Custom Supreme 2000 11e's, but the previous owner must have been a mutant. The length and foot width is perfect, but back at the sides of the heel they are so narrow they are immediately painful. They've been broken in or moulded for the previous owner who may not have been a human, with feet shaped accordingly.

Any suggestions for undoing the previous fit or widening/stretching the skate at the sides of the heel?

Anything hockey/skate specific to do or watch out for or can I just drop em in to my regular cobbler to bash the crap out of them?

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You can head to a shop where they could punch out the heel for you. Not really a stretch.

You could try a general baking first.

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You can head to a shop where they could punch out the heel for you. Not really a stretch.

You could try a general baking first.
Think these could be a pre-bake vintage from what I've found online.

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Heat will soften up materials regardless. The extent of its effects are more apparent with latter-day tech.

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Thanks for that. Have just been for a skate for a good hour in them. No blisters, but I have red welts on both the inside and outside of both of my heels and it was pretty uncomfortable skate towards the back half. Aside from the narrow heel, they're 90% there.

Any suggested alternatives to 'baking' for applying heat?

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Spot heat the heel with a heat gun. Common sense helps here of course.

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Thanks for that. Seems to have done the trick. Haven't skated on them yet but have 'em on nice and tight watching TV and they're feeling really good. Huge improvement.

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Think these could be a pre-bake vintage from what I've found online.
I baked my old 90s Bauer Custom Supreme 1000s recently. It works. It didn't kill them.

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All sorted. Have now officially retired my old Custom Supreme 2000's. They look a bit worse for wear. I might hang them on the wall by the fire place.

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