As much as we may bemoan the cold weather, it brings with it the opportunity to hit the ice and skate all over the country: indoor rinks soar in popularity, while public squares and lakes are converted into skating paradises. To help your young ones master the slippery surfaces, we’ve compiled a list of the best ice skates for kids under age 10 – it should help you get a feel for the market and narrow down your choices in time for Christmas!
What’s here: Whether your kid has never set food on ice before, or is already outgrowing their 3rd or 4th pair of skates, our selection will provide at least a few options worth considering.
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Lake Placid Summit Girls Adjustable Ice Skate
Lake Placid Summit Boys Adjustable Ice Skate
American Athletic Soft Boot Ice Skates
Bauer LIL Angel Champ Skates
Jackson Ultima Softec Classic Junior
K2 Skate Boys Raider Ice Skate
American Athletic Tricot Lined Ice Skates
American Athletic Ice Force Hockey Skates
Riedell 615 Soar, Soft Figure Ice Skates
PlayWheels Disney Frozen Kids Convertible Ice Skates
Top-10 Best Ice Skates for Kids
Lake Placid is a marquee brand in the world of ice skating, and their Summit Adjustable Ice Skates for Girls are typically brilliant.
In terms of aesthetics, the skates are fashioned from sharp, white plastic with slashes of grey mesh and hints of purple detail. They look fantastic. The blade is made from genuine stainless steel and the sole is completely waterproof; this combined with the deluxe comfort padding makes skating as comfortable as you could ever hope.
The Summit skates are beautifully made, comfortable and resilient, and will last your child up to several years with their Small, Medium and Large sizes.
Size – Small Junior (10-13), Medium (1-4) and Large (5-8)
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Lake Placid has applied their winning formula to create this exquisite pair of boys adjustable ice skates, so none of the children have to miss out!
Crafted with their trademark precision but selling for an impressively low cost, these skates by Lake Placid are just downright cool. Largely black, with hints of grey and white detail, they’ll have your kid looking good, even if their ice skills are a bit lacking! Expanding up to four sizes, they’ll also stand the test of time.
Fully waterproof, with reinforced ankle support and a fine stainless steel blade, these would make a great gift for Christmas 2017.
Size – Small Junior (10-13), Medium (1-4) and Large (5-8)
American Athletic are a renowned sporting goods brand, and their soft boot ice skates for girls are a simple, attractive option for beginners.
White with stylish pink trim, these skates come in a range of sizes (max size 4) to suit all kids. Having too-big or too-tight skates can make learning extremely difficult, and even put your children off the idea forever – good to see American Athletic offering the full range. Solidly built despite the low price, you’ll outgrow these boots before they show major signs of wear or damage, for sure.
Size – 11, 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, 4
A pair of skates designed uniquely for younger girls who are taking their first steps (?) on the ice, number 4 on our list is the Bauer Lil Angel series!
The biggest gripe with junior is skates is that advertisers never get the sizes right – not so with Bauer! These are completely true to shoe sizes, which means your little girl can learn how to skate in complete comfort and confidence. They are styled slightly more for hockey than figure skating, but by the time that difference becomes relevant, your kid will already be on their 2nd or 3rd set of skates!
Size – Toddler (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
These Jackson Ultima Softec Classic Juniors are premium skates that could take your kid to the next level on ice!
Traditionally designed with charcoal black and grey colors, these boots exude style. Also available in navy, pink and white to suit all tastes. Suitable for boys and girls, but remember that they are true to size for boys and 1.5 sizes down for girls – don’t want to get the wrong ones! If you’re looking to help your youngster gain even more confidence on the ice and develop their skills, you can do no wrong with Softec Classic Juniors.
Size – Toddler (8, 9,10) and Youth (1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13)
These might just be the highest-rated skates on this list: introducing the Boys Raider Ice Skates by K2.
Built for speed, stability, control and style, the K2 Raiders are ideal for kids who have already shown a penchant for skating, and are ready to hit the next level. Their black and yellow design looks pro, but it’s the build quality which really stands out: they’re totally comfortable, well-balanced and have incredible endurance on the ice, no matter how many trips and falls your kid experiences.
Size – Small (1-5), Medium (4-8), Large (11-2)
A more classic-style pair of skates you will not find anywhere for this price: it’s the American Athletic Tricot Lined Ice Skates for girls!
These boots are not only designed to look like professional figure skates, but are also built to perform like the pros. There’s full quarter padding for extra comfort, multi-layer ankle support and a nickel-plated steel blade which should stay sharp for a long time. The skates are sold true to size, though you might be better off buying one size up, just to cover any potential growth spurts over the winter season!
Size – 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, 4
Another one for the boys, these Ice Force Hockey Skates by American Athletic are all about performance – ideal for backyard or pond hockey!
Realistically, you can use them anywhere, but they’re sturdy enough to withstand all the bumps and cracks of rec rinks. Sizing is true to shoe size, so you should be able to get a snug fit; unfortunately, that does mean your kids are likely to outgrow them before too long. If they’re showing promise on the ice, however, it might be worth the continued investment to help them reach their peak.
Size – Toddler (9, 10, 11, 12, 13), Youth (1, 2, 3, 4)
The Riedell 615 Soars offer superior balance, stability and power over many of their rivals at that price point, making these a potential steal this Christmas.
These shoes are true-to-size for US girls, which means boys will need to add 1.5 to their size in order to get the right match. The internal lining is smooth, padded quilt, while the foam quarter padding means you can spend hours on the ice without getting footsore! With high quality skates like these, your kid should see a marked improvement in their ability – and you’ll have to spend less time worrying about them falling over.
Size – Toddler (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13), Youth (1, 2, 3)
These are definitely not designed for helping your kid become the next Olympic sensation – however, what child wouldn’t want Disney’s Frozen-style ice skates to help them learn?!
Recommend for kids aged 3-6, the skates have an image of Elsa and Anna (stars of the hit Disney movie) on the tongue, while the sky-blue and purple coloring just screams Frozen! That, and the sparkles and starry artwork, anyway. These skates are perfectly fine for beginner skaters – however, since the blade detaches for 4-wheel summer skating, it’s obviously not as well-balanced for more experience skaters.
Size – Junior (6-9)