SAN CARLOS (KCBS)— A Bay Area company which has been making custom ice skates for Olympians for decades is in the spotlight again as a Bay Area skater is set to make her debut in Sochi.
A box of manila file folders inside the Harlick store holds the foot templates and fitting information of many Olympians. The information is used to make the high-end, hand-crafted boots.
“I think the oldest one I have is from Tim Woods; 1960 Olympics. We’ve got Peggy Flemming’s file, Nancy Kerrigan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano…” said Ginger Kuhn.
Her grandfather bought the business from Louis Harlick decades ago. She and her husband Phil run the business now.
“We’re still handmade. We make the boots traditional ways. What really have changed are the materials and the design,” Phil said. “We’re the last boot company that trims their soles by hand. It’s really important to give the boot a very elegant look.”