Roller Derby Toe Stops - Buying Advice
Roller derby toe stops, just like EVERYTHING to do with derby, is down to personal preference.ﾠ
Luckily, it's not as broad or expensive as wheels, so you can't go horrendously wrong, as longﾠ
as you have some basic knowledge.
Adjustable or ﾠscrew?
This one's easy, because only one is going to fit on your skate's plate anyway. If your toe stopﾠ
has a screw that runs through the middle, you will only be able to use other screwﾭin toe stops.ﾠ
The majority of skates made for derby will have an adjustable toe stop, which attaches to theﾠ
plate with a nut, rather than needing a screwdriver. Adjustable toe stops include Gumball, Crazyﾠ
Big Bloc or Lil Bloc, Bionic and Riedell Moonwalker.ﾠ
Flat or round?
Toe stops are either flat, or more of a rounded shape. The original Gumball and Moonwalkerﾠ
stops are both slightly rounded. Bearing in mind that toe stops are rarely used to actually STOPﾠ
during derby play (more for running into a speed start, juking and general agility), the aim is toﾠ
feel balanced on the stop, not just drag it along the ground. A rounded toe stop can give moreﾠ
room to maneuver, as you can lean into the stop as little or as much as you need to. A flat toeﾠ
stop, therefore, gives you a very even surface where you can feel stable.ﾠ
Long or short?
Whether you want a long or short stem toeﾭstop will depend on where you like your toe stops toﾠ
sit. Some people like them long, some people like them short, there's no benchmark. If you'reﾠ
not quite sure, it's advisable to opt for a long stem, so you can at least play around with lengthsﾠ
a little more.