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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Roller Derby Skates
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:04 pm 
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Reviving this again. I'm going to my first practice tomorrow and was concerned about finding vegan skates. I plan on looking at the brands and websites mentioned here, but in the meantime, does anyone know if there are any skates made in North America or the EU? I'm concerned about fair labor and wages. Thanks girls! I knew I could count on theppk!!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Roller Derby Skates
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:19 pm 
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reidells are made in the us.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Roller Derby Skates
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:31 pm 
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I just started derby and I have the Reidell R3s. They're fine for beginning skates but I'm a month in and can already tell the difference between them and higher-end skates. I'm hoping that nicer wheels will make them work for longer.

These toe caps are rubber instead of leather. I've only used them for a night. They slipped a lot, but I think I just didn't have them on tightly enough.

Supposedly Derby Vixen on etsy makes vegan toe guards if you ask and she has great reviews:


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Roller Derby Skates
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:52 pm 
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I'm getting back into Roller Derby after 6 years off skates. Back when I was on a team, I had a custom pair of Reidell 125's made with Clarino and they were always a little weird in my toes (they apparently have a super narrow toe box). I suspect they might be a 1/2 size too small. Anyone on here get a pair of clarino skates and have any tips on breaking them in or heat molding them? I think I only skated in them for about 6 months before I retired.

And I guess anyone try out any of the newer vegan skates on the market, like Bont or Crazy?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Roller Derby Skates
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:43 pm 
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I have Crazy skates. I bought the ones with the higher ankle because of the heel support. I like them but I might recommend the shorter ones unless you specifically want extra heel/ankle support. They're more affordable than Bonts or Antiks and you can stick the whole skate (wheels and all) in the oven to heat mold them. I'd also highly recommend Rollerbones wheels.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Roller Derby Skates
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:24 am 
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matriarco wrote:
I have Crazy skates. I bought the ones with the higher ankle because of the heel support. I like them but I might recommend the shorter ones unless you specifically want extra heel/ankle support. They're more affordable than Bonts or Antiks and you can stick the whole skate (wheels and all) in the oven to heat mold them. I'd also highly recommend Rollerbones wheels.


That is good to hear. I was looking at the DBX3 or DBX4 boot but liked that the DBX4's have the option to pick the stitching color. I guess I will have to see if I can get my hands on a pair to try and figure out the right size.

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