Looking Sharp! Our 14 Favorite Ice Skates for Kids, Toddlers and Teens

It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.

Jackson Ultima Softec Classic ST2321 Girls Ice Skates photo

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Jackson Ultima Softec Classic ST2321 Girls Ice Skates

Want a traditional yet sporty choice for your beginner skater? These Jackson Ultima ST2321 skates for girls are part of the brand's Softec Series and have a high-quality figure-skating blade. Currently an Amazon Choice ice skate option, this pair also comes in adult sizes and styles if you're looking to do some "Mommy & Me" skate time. Plus, they have a certain Oksana Baiul-esque, Pretty in Pink-meets-Olympic champion vibe, no? ($90 - $187; amazon.com)

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Traditional Jackson Ultima GS180 SoftSkate Fleece Beginners - Toddlers & Junior Girls photo

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Traditional Jackson Ultima GS180 SoftSkate Fleece Beginners - Toddlers & Junior Girls

We can't help but appreciate the clean, classic simplicity of another Jackson skate. This time it's the Jackson Ultima GS180 SoftSkate Ice Skates, which come in toddler and junior sizes. The purple lining is pretty, though the fleece-lined style is our favorite, both for fashion and practicality — it's chilly out there! This skate, which we imagine a young Nancy Kerrigan might favor, will keep feet warm on those brrrr days. ($60 - $110; amazon.com)

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Riedell Figure Skates 615 Soar Junior Youth Skates for Girls

This hot pink-and-purple figure skate from Riedell is for beginners, available in both junior and youth sizes, and has a distinct Tonya Harding edge, if you ask us — we mean that in a good way! The form is solid and the colors are fierce. Plus, it comes in a gray-and-blue style for more subdued skaters (or boys). ($70; amazon.com)

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Boys' American Little Rocket Double Runner Beginner Ice Skates

When your little one ventures out on the ice for the first time, he or she — technically, these aren't unisex, but they're so cute they definitely could be! — will be the coolest cub in the rink. These sweet skates from American Little Rocket feature an adorable polar bear design and practical dual blades for better balance, plus an adjustable strap. This is a great skate for beginners, due to its hard, supportive outer shell and easy-to-fasten buckles. ($24; target.com)

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Jackson Ultima Classique Series Ice Skates for Boys photo

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Jackson Ultima Classique Series Ice Skates for Boys

These sleek, black Jackson Ultima Classique Series Ice Skates are legit unisex, for girls and boys, as well as men and women, so if you're looking for a skate that suits the whole family, look no further. But, if you're specifically looking for a boy's skate that's a reliable cross between traditional and recreational, this comfortable (hello, memory foam padding!) and flexible, contoured polyurethane-coated leather pair is a good bet. Amazon customers give them solid reviews, and we must say, they have a certain Adam Rippon flair. ($130 - $220; amazon.com)

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Sporty Lake Placid Monarch Adjustable Ice Skate for Boys

The Monarch Boys Adjustable Ice Skate comes in stylish blue and black, with a fun '80s retro ski chalet vibe. Perfect for older boys with a bit of ice experience under their belts, they'll love racing around in these warm, comfortable and adjustable skates. Although they're not true hockey skates, they do feature stainless steel blades and EZ Push button adjustable sizing, which makes them a great recreational pair. ($47 - $80; amazon.com)

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Botas Figure Ice Skates for Girls and Women

If your family is planning a European vacation this winter, consider packing these gorgeous figure skates made by Czech designer Botas as a surprise gift for your teen or pre-teen daughter. The "Anita" comes with "Nicole" blades, but you can also choose among "Cindy," "Stella," "Diana" and more elegant styles. We love the ice-blue shade of this pair, which has what the company describes as a "carbon fiber" effect. Other appealing details include foot support, a wide shape, waterproof treatment and a TÜV GS European certificate. Katarina Witt would approve. ($85; amazon.com)

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American Ice Force 2.0 Hockey Skate for Boys photo

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American Ice Force 2.0 Hockey Skate for Boys

The Monarch Boys Adjustable Ice Skate comes in stylish blue and black, with a fun '80s retro ski chalet vibe. Perfect for older boys with a bit of ice experience under their belts, they'll love racing around in these warm, comfortable and adjustable skates. Although they're not true hockey skates, they do feature stainless steel blades and EZ Push button adjustable sizing, which makes them a great recreational pair. ($47 - $80; amazon.com)

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DBX Girls' Adjustable Youth Skates

Though touted as a recreational pair, these DBX Adjustable Skates for girls may be sporty enough for the more serious teenage girl athlete in your home. Reviews on Dick's Sporting Goods are extremely favorable, with one parent offering this rave review: "My daughter was having trouble with traditional hockey skates. The long blade and soft support of these helped her to actually skate!" We like the dynamic black, white and pink design of the soft boot paired with the lustrous blade, plus they're adjustable up to five sizes, allowing your gal to grow into the skates and the sport. ($60; dickssportinggoods.com)

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L.L. Bean K2 F.I.T. Boa Ice Skates for Teen Boys photo

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L.L. Bean K2 F.I.T. Boa Ice Skates for Teen Boys

The puck stops here, guys. Though not intended for competitive sports, this sharp L.L. Bean skate for men and teenage boys is the perfect pair for a neighborhood game of pond hockey. These K2 F.I.T. Boa Ice Skates boast a superfast on/off and a custom fit, plus they're reviewed positively for comfort and durability. They feature Thinsulate™ Insulation for warmth, and they're water resistant. Finally, the SoftBoot technology will keep him comfortably on his toes for hours. ($130; llbean.com)

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American Athletic Shoe 'Flower Power' Double Runner Ice Skate for Beginner Girls photo

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American Athletic Shoe 'Flower Power' Double Runner Ice Skate for Beginner Girls

From two years old to pre-teen, your budding figure skater will light up the ice in these '70s disco daisy-inspired skates. Lace up the American Athletic Shoe Girls' Flower Power Double Runner Ice Skates and watch her glide off and away like the Frozen ice princess she is. Made with a double-blade design, durable fit and water-resistant vinyl, these Flower Power skates are perfect for giving beginners the confidence they need to express their inner Anna or Elsa on ice. ($24; dickssportinggoods.com)

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Roces MCK II H Skate for Growing Boys

Forget the cold, this skate is hot! These bright red MCK II H skates make a fierce and long-lasting statement on the ice. Featuring a "growth compensator" shell and liner, these skates grow along with your growing son. With their removable anatomic thermal-insulation liner and two micrometric memory buckles, these dynamic blades are userfriendly, weatherresistant and warm. A perfect choice for beginners learning basic techniques, as well as intermediate skaters with a few years of training. Just wait, he'll been on par with Wayne Gretzky in no time. ($88; jet.com)

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Moxi Suede Ice Skates for Teen Girls photo

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Moxi Suede Ice Skates for Teen Girls

If your teen doesn't know how to ice skate yet, just one look at these and she'll be begging for lessons. Moxi's fashion-forward skates are crafted from vibrantly dyed hand-sorted suede, fitted with a lace-up closure with metal hooks, and have a soft retro-print lining and shiny, stainless steel, ice pick-tipped blades. Reviews on Urban Outfitters claim they're super lightweight, with good ankle support and are fun to wear. Plus, they're sprayed with a waterproof coating and available in three pretty colors: sky blue, pink and red. In case you couldn't tell, these are purely recreational, not for sports, although she'll sure look sporty wearing 'em! ($349; urbanoutfitters.com)

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