Ghillie brogues are an essential part of your kilt outfit, adding a finishing touch of polished leather to complement your kilt and accessories. Normally worn for more formal rather than casual occasions, the ghillie brogue has roots in countryside living but nowadays is a stylish accompaniment even to black tie Scottish Highland wear.
Ghillie brogues originated as traditional Gaelic footwear and were worn in rustic countryside conditions. They were first worn by the Scottish Highlanders in the time of Henry VIII. However, these shoes were far away from the decorative footwear we see today; they were made of un-tanned leather and often looked rather rudimentary.
Their design, with no tongue and perforations around the edges of the leather, was constructed with drainage in mind for when they were worn on wet ground. At heart these were practical shoes, but today they have a far more decorative image. Nowadays ghillie brogues are often worn as dress items at both daytime and formal social occasions. They feature highly decorative leather for a detailed finish and sometimes have a metal heel for a loud tap when dancing.
The laces are longer than normal and are tied part way up the calf, again setting ghillie brogues apart from more common everyday shoes that might be worn with a kilt for more casual wear. Ghillie brogues are an essential part of traditional Scottish dress. Like all kilt accessories, they are available in a range of styles to suit your occasion, whether you need something comfortable to walk in or want to look as formal as possible. You can even choose brogues that complement your accessories with different leather colours, fastenings and decorative features to choose from. Whatever your kilt outfit, you’ll be able to find the perfect Highland ghillie brogues to match.