Luigino Vertigo Q4 and Q6

Luigino Vertigo Q4 and Q6

What the manufacturers say:

Luigino Q6

Designed from a female foot-last/shape, Luigino Vertigo is an all new quad boot concept. All Vertigo boots are fully heat mold able using a steaming process that makes them surprisingly malleable so you can get a custom fit. With exception of the leather soles, they are made of high quality microfiber, a man made material. Each set of boots comes with a thick plastic bag that has instructions for steam molding printed on it. Just stick your boots in the bag, seal and drop them into a covered, simmering pot of water to steam.

The Q-4 and Q-6 are unique in their appearance and design. Both offer a wider, taller and rounder toe box making them a nice fit for a wider or boxy foot shape. Soft microfiber lines the inside of the boots and 2 little “pillows” of padding at the ankle bones provide comfort and help keep the heel snugly in place. They come equipped with a velcro cinch strap and have a small, stacked heel. Also included are black, heavily waxed laces and a supportive and comfortable insole. The Q-6 has a striped lace cover but that is the only difference between the two, the fit is the same.
• AquaTech and Leather board counters • Pro Evolution Foot Bed (e-Soles)
• BFT (Barefoot Technology) • Poron Padding • Top-Grain Leather Soles (Stitched)

• Microfiber uppers & lining • Ankle Powerstrap


A very highly reviewed boot from derby players.

The lining is amazing! Moulds to your foot very easily and stays like it. You can see the shape of your foot inside these boots.

Its got to be our favourite boot at the moment, makes skating a dream.

It has grest protection around the outside of the boot against scuffs.

They lock your foot in, they are incredibly supportive.

They would get a 5 Star review from us.

As with the Jacksons, They’ve found a perfect balance between they key features expected from a roller derby boot. Support, build quality, comfort, weight and durability.

An awesome quality skate that we struggle to find any cons with.

They have a great feature, they arrive with these “Aqua Bags” to heat mould them in.

Personally, we recommend that you wear your skates in the proper way (without heat moulding) which takes longer. Wear thin or no socks, get your feet hot and sweaty and let nature take its course 🙂


Jackson Elite Boot

jackson elite boot review

What the Manufacturers say:

:Full grain leather upper

:Black leather stitched outsole

:Full grain leather lace cover

:Abrasion resistant toe cap

:Microfiber lining

:Padded covered tongue


These are relatively new to the UK but have been rated SOOO highly by anyone who has used these.

A good balance of quality and weight.

Good for a medium sized foot, an average width boot.

Very comfortable.

Heat Mouldable

They have all the latest technology, we think they are a really well thought out boot, these boots have not been created in a hurry, they have thought out every part of the boot and we love the results.


Although they are comfortable when you first put them on, prepare to have to wear them in. This is generally a quality of top end boots. Once they are worn in, you’ll never want to have to replace them. Which is just as well, as they have a reputation for lasting a good while.

We think these are a great investment, if you’re prepared to wait a short while whilst they wear in (heat moulding helps with this) then you’ll be really pleased you bought these.

Bont Hybrid Carbon

bont hybrid carbon boot review

What the manufacturers say:
The Quad Hybrid is a combination of our ultra light weight / super fast speed boot and our super tough Derby Patriot boot. This boot has the long lasting 1.5mm Australian leather outer skin, with the low cut stiff carbon or fiberglass heat moldable base.
The Carbon boot has an exposed carbon base where as the Leather model has a fiberglass based wrapped in leather. Both boots are equally heat mouldable


Fully customisable with colours, not just your boring black.

If you find most skates uncomfortable, or have unusual shaped feet, these can be the way to go as they are heat mouldable.

Great looking, if the look is just as important as the skates ability, then these are for you.

Cheaper than the custom Antik packages.

If you prefer a low boot, you’ll find these really comfortable

Carbon fiber bottom, makes your feet feel like they’re attached to the plate for more agile skating.

They’re super light.


They take a REALLY long time to arrive as they come from China

There have been a few reviews from skaters that when they are heat moulded, they still don’t fit properly

We feel that Bont have substituted build quality to get the lightweight skate somewhat.

Antik AR1 Boot

antik ar1 boot review

What the manufacturer says:

Antik Skate Boots are a culmination of passion, design and quality, brought together by Mo Sanders aka “Quadzilla”, a lifetime skater who felt the need for a new thought process and design in the way roller skate boots were made. His dream was to bring the sport of roller-skating the most comfortable and technical roller-skate boots on the market. Mo has over 30 years of skating experience in the disciplines of rhythm, roller derby, jam, speed and freestyle, which helped him understand the needs and wants of skaters all over the world. A¾ high suede uppers for added ankle support, secure fit.

Standard fibre counters.
Dry-lex interior lining.
Integrated shock absorbing heel.
Hard toe box with scuff resistant leather.
Narrow heel cup for secure fit.
Rubber foam tongue lining to relieve pressure points on top of foot.
Vulcanised rubber sole.


Created by derby skaters for derby skaters

High top – not typical of derby skates, can be laced low,

Handy loop at the back for extra security

High top can provide more support

Custom colours, amazing combinations. Can match team colours

Leather sole with a wedge heel, very durable, skaters comment that they last several seasons.


Can be expensive

Usually custom made, can take a while to be delivered, check with your skate provider.

Riedell 965 Boot

riedell 965 boot review

What the manufacturer says:

Hand-sorted full grain leather upper, micro-fiber foam-padded interior, counter reinforcement, side-mounted laceguard, leather and micro-fiber padded tongue held in place with elastic. Extra side lace grommets to pull your heel all the way back into the boot. Leather heel on a synthetic sole with 3/4″ heel lift. Hand made in the US. D/B width, sizes 4-13 including half sizes.

Be forewarned: due to the rounded toebox, most people wear at least a half size smaller than the Riedell size chart might indicate!

Pros ;

This is the most comfortable boot with the least amount of break in time available today.

Stiff outer leather is durable; soft padded interior feels like slipping your feet into slippers

They have cult status, everyone seems to love them.


Expensive – be warned, don’t try them on unless you can afford them, you’ll put them on and will instantly want them!

Vanilla Straight Jacket Boot

vanilla straight jacket review

What the manufacturers say:

Vanilla’s newest product on the market! Made with the top grain leather, adjustable speed straps, rolled collar around the ankle, and a sleek low profile design.
The Vanilla Straight Jackets Revolutionary OTFA(On The Fly Adjustment) offers the abilty to adapt in seconds and keep your feet locked in no matter what the game throws at you.
Order in your uk size , men should go up 1 size in these.


Unique Straps – makes them very easy to get on and off. Much quicker than lacing up and easy to get really tight to provide a bit more support.

Good quality leather – They have used a great leather than doesn’t look at all plasticky! It also moulds to the foot fairly quickly.


Some skaters don’t find these as aesthetically pleasing as some of the others boots available. We’ll let you decide on that one.

We personally think they look quite aggressive but in a good way.

There’s usually a two week wait on them because they are a special order boot

They can be quite pricey.