Figure Ice Skates
Beginner skates are
normally made from vinyl but professional figure ice skates are
usually custom fitted and made from leather to accommodate
the flexibility needed around the skater's ankle. The
blades for these skates extends about an inch or so beyond the
back of the boot.
Their curved fronts are
serrated with toe-picks that enable the skater to perform
The overall design of this skate is to allow skaters to more
easily perform jumps, spins and other figure skating moves.
Skate blades can come either mounted to the skate or sold
separately from the skate boot. You will find that in the
higher quality skates blades are custom made so they are sold
separately. These skates are expensive and will run several
These are the skates of choice for those who ice skate as a
skates resemble figure skates but they are not as
well-constructed and do not have the padding or support that a
professional figure skater would require. You will find
that children's recreational skates can be purchased with a
double blade for extra balance.
Ice skates for
children are fairly reasonable so you must determine whether to
buy new or just rent. Kids do grow out of their shoes quickly
but if your child is involved in some kind of organized ice
skating program, where they are constantly on the ice, you
probably want to buy them. If you go every few months it may be
worth renting the ice skates. There are some
manufacturers that make adjustable ice skates that sell for
around $130 and fit up to 4 sizes of shoes. This may be an
option to ensure you child won't outgrow their skates for a
while. The price of
recreational skates will
vary based on the quality but you should plan on spending
a minimum of
skates are designed to withstand the physical demands of this
rough sport and are therefore made differently than figure
skates. These skates
have a boot that angles the foot forward and looks more like an
athletic shoe. They are lighter in weight and provide a
lot of padding. Since hockey players are in these skates for
long periods of time they are designed to be more comfortable
and to provide more support You will find that they
do not have toe picks and the blades, which are flatter and
thinner, are permanently attached to the boot.
blades are about the same length as the boot and are curved
front and back to allow a skater better movement.
Speed skates are designed completely different from than any
other ice skate and for safety reasons are not recommended for
anyone that is not actively involved in this sport. These skates
are designed for fast,
They are made of lightweight leather or other durable yet
flexible materials that allow the foot to move in a natural
running position. They have much longer blades, about 16 or 17
inches, that extend well beyond the boot.
In the 1990s the new
the clap skate entered the world of speed skating.
Unlike traditional skates where the
blade is fixed to the boot, the clap skates have the blade
attached to the boot by a hinge at the front. This new
clap skate, which allows
the skate blade to detach from
the heel while the skater is racing, prevents
the tip of the blade from digging into the ice and keeps the
blade on the ice for a longer period. The result is
increased pushing power and forward momentum for the skater.