There is no need to spend a whole lot of money on ice skates if you only intend to use them a couple of times every year. You can get cheap ice skates for less than $50, however, be aware that more expensive ice skates usually provide better comfort and support around the ankle and will provide an overall better experience.
It is important that you do not buy your ice skates too big - especially figure skates where you need to have absolute control over the blade to make spins and jumps. The ice skates must have a firm fit without being too tight. Once the laces/buckles are loosened and your foot pushed forward, you should be able to have just enough space for a finger behind your heel. It is also a good idea to try the skates on with the same socks you are intending to use for ice skating.
A lot of kids’ ice skates exist in adjustable models which means that the length of the boot can be expanded. This allows your child to grow about 3-4 sizes with the ice skates. Adjustable ice skates are intended for recreational only and quality wise they are equally as good as regular models. We therefore recommend adjustable skates if your child is still in the growing phase and only needs them for casual skating.
As the name suggests, ice hockey skates are suitable for ice hockey, but they are equally as good for regular skating on the ice if you are a beginner or if you have a “need for speed”.
The ice skate consists of a stiff shell that will protect your feet against hits during an ice hockey game. The interior is well-padded making it comfortable to wear despite the stiff shell - which is also why they are suitable for beginners looking for comfortable skates. The boot is designed to provide good support for your ankle and foot. The blade is short and curved making the ice skates easy-maneuverable and optimum for quick acceleration to obtain speed but less suitable for long rides. Unlike figure skates, hockey skates do not have toe picks in the front of the blade, and since the skates are not intended for making figures, your blade won’t get stuck in the ice accidentally making you lose balance.
Figure skates are for those who wish to make spins on the ice. With toe picks on the front of the blade, used for setting off, the classic figure skates allow for you to perform various spins like pirouettes and jumps. It is sufficient to have three to four toe picks.
The boot exists in both leather or synthetic leather. Leather is often seen in more expensive figure skates used for professional use. The boot is typically harder and thus less comfortable to wear, but, in addition, more ankle support is provided. Boots made of synthetic leather are typically more comfortable to wear, but provide less ankle support. However, some modern figure ice skates in synthetic leather actually provide better support than leather boots and even have better padding making them more comfortable.