Vanilla Brass Knuckles Boot Review



These boots are gaining popularity pretty quickly at the moment.

They are an excellent boot for mid to wide width feet, not really ideal for very very slim feet if you like a snug fit. They have a leather stitched sole as you would expectant a small heel at the back. The ankle support is fairly high at the sides but shaped in such a way that provides a really comfortable fit. Great support to protect your ankles when you need it.

Thye have recently come down in price and Skate Britain have an excellent deal on them at the moment. You really get a lot of boot for your money with these .

If you’re unsure which size to buy there is a size guide on the Skate Britain website, you can check your exact measurements against this. We recommend getting your own UK size in them if you like a snug fit and going up half a size if you like them slightly looser.

We tend to always recommend getting your skates to fit very snugly, especially in they are a leather boot (as these are) as the leather stretches and moulds to your feet.

Skating is a lot easier if your boots fit you properly and securely. They may feel very tight to start with but they will give.

Here, James From Skate Britain talks about the Vanilla Brass Knuckles Boot.

An awesome boot, you won’t be disappointed.

Watch the video below for more details…

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.