|I myself, like the longer plates. But, that is one of those things that I think is a personal decision. Over all, I find the longer wheel base is better for vert, at least for me.
Also, look in resale shops for second hand boots. I now have cross country ski boots that have great ankle support, but they are also very flexible in the ankles (since the material is soft). I found them for 30 dollars in a resale shop. I do not think the carerra boot will withstand the abuse they will receive in vert skating.