For beginner skaters, we recommend figure skates over hockey skates. Why?Figure skating blades are longer, wider, flatter and have a toe-pick. Some people might think that thetoe-pick makes it harder to skate but it actually helps some skaters stand up and balance. The biggestdifference is more surface area on the blade. the figure skating blade has more surface touching the ice.When do I switch to hockey skates if I want to play hockey?Once the skater has mastered balancing on figure skates and the basics of skating,such as gliding and stopping, it is then time to try hockey skates.