Activities Sports & Athletics Review of American Athletic Entry Level Figure Skates Share PINTEREST Email Print Soren Hald/Taxi Collection/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Gear Basics History Lessons Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated December 20, 2017 Anyone who knows figure skating also knows that figure skates must be purchased from stores that deal exclusively with figure skates and figure skating supplies. There is an unwritten rule in the ice skating world: inexpensive boots and blade sets that are sold at sporting good stores or department stores are just not good enough for those interested in pursuing serious figure skating. With that rule in mind, it may seem inviting to buy New American Athletic figure skates since the cost of the skates is low, but for those truly interested in figure skating, this boot and blade set just won't do. Most of the boots made by the New American Athletic Company are made of vinyl. (One higher-end "deluxe" model is lined in leather). The blades are made of nickel-plated steel. Like more expensive brands of figure skating boots, the boot's tongue is padded, but the padding is not as thick as the padding in more expensive boots. The skates come in a variety of sizes for both men and women and boys and girls. The small toe pick on the blade gives new skaters some security and balance but is not adequate for spinning or jumping on the ice. Using inexpensive figure skates like New American Athletic skates is okay for recreational skaters that only skate once in awhile, but ice skates available for rent at ice arenas may be better in quality. Those interested in ice skating should consider paying more money for a higher quality boot and blade set. Pros American Athletic Figure Skates are very inexpensive. The boots are comfortable. These skates can be purchased at most major sporting good stores and online. The blades are already mounted on the boots, which is convenient. Cons The blades on these skates are not suitable for real figure skating. The boots do not offer enough support to do most figure skating moves. Description PVC vinyl upper Nickel plated steel blade Padded tongue Black or white skates are available Padded lining Factory sharpened Small toe pick Available in white, black, and soft boot models Cotton and easy to tie laces are included with all models The Bottom Line New American Athletic skates are entry level figure skates that can be purchased at most major sporting good stores and online. The inexpensive price may draw some buyers, but it is best to not purchase this brand of ice skates if you are really interested in doing figure skating. These skates will do if you plan to ice skate around an ice rink or on a frozen pond once in a while.