Activities Sports & Athletics The Pros and Cons of Double Runner Figure Skates Share PINTEREST Email Print RollerDerby Skate Corp. 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 February 25, 2019 Double runner ice skates are manufactured for very young beginner ice skaters. The idea is to give children the feeling that they can ice skate immediately. Ice skating on double runner blades will not cause any harm and may give young children confidence on the ice, but real figure skating is just not possible on double runners. Figure skaters and coaches do not consider double runner skates to be a good teaching device, so while the low price may appeal, it is money thrown away if your child is really interested in figure skating. Description of Double Blade Ice Skates Zinc plated, heat treated, and edge hardened carbon steel blades. Available in a variety of colors and styles. There are no toe picks on most double runner blades. The skates are usually constructed with durable vinyl uppers and water-resistant soles. The skates come in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles for both boys and girls. There is no toe pick on the blade. The double blades may give young new skaters some security and balance but are not adequate for spinning, jumping, or gliding on the ice. An unwritten rule in the ice skating world that is passed on to those new to the sport is that inexpensive boots and blade sets sold at sporting good stores or department stores are just not good enough for those interested in pursuing figure skating seriously. Skating in inexpensive double runner figure skates may be okay for very young recreational skaters that only skate once or twice, but ice skates available for rent at ice arenas are better in quality. Those interested in ice skating should consider paying more money for a higher quality boot and blade set.