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A Modern Tradition: Scottish dress shoes, Ghillie Brogues, are a symbolic yet fashionable option for men to wear with their kilts any time they feel like dressing up. Similar to “wing tip” dress shoes, they feature a pattern of holes on top, known as “broguing”. This style of shoe is unique to kilt wearer in that ghillie brogues have no tongues and feature very long laces which wrap around the ankle (with tiny leather tassels on the ends of the laces).
Every pair of ghillie brogues sold by USA Kilts comes from the UK. We offer several models for whatever activities you plan to use them for. For a video comparing all of the ghillie brogue models we offer, click here. For a video tutorial on how to tie your ghillie brogues, click here.
The History behind the Scottish Shoe: The name for Scotland's national shoe comes from two Gaelic words - Ghillie and Brogue
Ghillie: an outdoorsman; a boy or man who attends someone on a hunting or fishing expedition, also any able workman.
Brogue: a rough leather shoe of untanned leather. Sometimes called a “bog shoe” or a Celtic sandal.
The highlands of Scotland are a damp place full of bogs and rivers. In olden times, there were few if any roads. Travel was almost entirely on foot. Thus, the Highlanders developed footwear appropriate for the climate. Simple leather moccasins were perforated with slashes or holes to allow water to drain quickly -- essential for preventing foot fungus and infection. To these were added long laces which criss-crossed up the ankles and shin, tying at the lower calf. If you got your foot stuck in the mud, you could pull it out without risk of losing your shoe. These humble shoes really capture the rough, practical and inventive mind of the Scotsman.