The traditional Highland shoe to wear with your Sport Kilt. Leather upper with non-slip rubber sole. Long leather laces for the classic tie around the calf.
Background: Ghillie brogues are essentially a brogue with holes similar to a wing-tip, with no tongue and a long lace. The holes allowed the shoe to drain while sloshing through the bogs of Scotland. The long laces wrapped around the ankle to keep the shoe from getting stuck in the mud.
How do you tie the laces? First, snug up the laces, then twist ’em a couple of times before taking them to the rear of the ankle. Then twist them a couple of times at the rear of the calf, then wrap the laces completely around the ankle once or twice and tie in bow in the front or side.
And aye! Walk proudly, Lad!
Michael Cassidy (verified owner) –
Ordered these shoes and received them across country in 2 days. Super fast delivery and look great a little stiff but most kilt brogue are like this. Couldn’t be happier.
I had modified dress shoes with long laces and tassels that would fall off. Spent the $60 for these real ghillies and couldn’t be happier. The fit. The finish. The laces and tassels. Everything was just what I needed to complete my dress appearance.
Buck Buchanan –
After much searching online, came back to an old faithful friend in Sport Kilt for these Brogues. After reading the reviews & seeing a number of them had been sent back for being too small & no 1/2 sizes offered; I decided to go a 1/2 size up. I’m a solid size 11 1/2, but usually can go down to an 11 if I have to, but reading the reviews, I went up to a size 12. The 12 fits me like a size 11 1/2 & is a high-quality shoe. Shipping was fast. If you’re a solid 1/2 size & don’t know whether to go up or down, I’d recommend going up with these Ghille Brougues. Great shoes, at a great price!!!
Fabulous look and great fit
Ron G –
Ghillie Brogues – St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day
Very comfortable Ghillie Brogues, wore them all day at the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
Claire Young –
Excellent return policy
The ghillie broughs that I ordered for my husband arrived promptly, but were way too small. I called about your exchange policy. A helpful person answered the phone. Your exchange process was easy and quick; no extra charges! I received a larger pair promptly and my husband now has happy feet. I would recommend that people order ghillie broughs a size larger than usual.
Jim in Baltimore –
Ghillie brogues complete my kilt outfit.
After many years wearing black sneakers with my kilt, I finally have proper Ghillie Brogues. They are a very comfortable fit. I am very pleased with my purchase. Thank you.
I was unsure of my size compared to UK size. Called the folks at Sport Kilt and they recommended a size and they fit perfectly and look great. Very comfortable. Very fast shipping. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Thanks for everything.
Nice Puppy Covers
They are a very nice looking and well fitting shoe. My only complaint…..they are stiff as a board even after 6 hours of wear. So I have purchased some Mink Oil paste and will be rubbing this into the uppers hoping to get some relief from the pinch.
I write these out to the first time to play the drum with my or band at a local Scottish festival. First day, no blisters! They looked great and we very comfortable. One shoe lace was longer than the other, but that wasn’t a deal breaker. The price was so good on these. I will definitely recommend to my friends.
Larry D –
Ghillie Brogues – Nice shoes, but run small
The ghillie brogues arrived quickly, and well packed. They are very nice looking shoes. However, even though I ordered my normal size (13) they were too small. I mailed them back and was promptly sent the next size larger. It was a minor annoyance on an otherwise great product. Customer service was great and very friendly. For someone like me who doesn’t wear his kilt that often, and for the money, these are a great value.
C MacRae –
I love them!
The shoes look great. I bought these shoes for my wedding
Kodiac Josh –
Order at least 1 size up
I wear a 14EE, but almost universally buy size 15. This shoe wouldn’t let me get my full foot in. It’s as if they took the outline of a size 15 for the sole, but used a size 13 for the top portion. The result is that there is not enough height to allow a human foot to fit. They also don’t vary the length of the ties, so it barely would have wrapped around my ankle once.
They look and feel great. Quite comfortable.
Wore these for the first time for about 6 hours with no issues. They were stiff at first but no pressure points and eventually slowly started to break in. It should take a couple of more wears to complete. Lace could be a bit longer, I couldn’t wrap up calf twice like commonly done, and no I don’t have fat calfs.
Old Msgt –
I wear a size 10 and the one I got from SportKilt were right on. No pinching, the right length and very comfortable. Completing your Celtic outfit get it all from SportKilt!! You will not be disappointed!!
Jim Stewart –
The fit was perfect. great looking too.
These shoes run VERY narrow
I ordered a pair of these shoes for a wedding, size 13. I got them in and they were so tight I had to send them back for a second pair size 14. These were no better so I had to return them for a refund. The staff was amazing concerning the returns so no complaints there at all. These shoes have a lip that moves the edges of the shoe inwards, so be aware if you have wide or extra wide feet, these may not work for you.
I could not have been more pleased!
The Ghillie Brogues arrived in an extraordinarily short amount of time, were packed and shipped securely and were actually better quality than I anticipated! These were such nice shoes that I’m glad I spent an extra few dollars and got the leather version instead of the “croc” style. They looked like leather shoes, fit perfectly, and were comfortable with any break-in period, even through my long wedding day!
I’ve already highly recommended “Sport Kilt” and have bookmarked their site.
Benn Eckles –
Just a note about the Ghillie Brogues I recently bought. The price,quality and service were superb! Easily the best price anywhere on brogues! I know,I’ve looked! I ordered early for a wedding,but need’nt have fretted,they got here way before I needed them. Speaking of price,it speaks to the frugal heart of a true Scots man to say that I did’nt lose any sleep over the great value that they were! Once again,great price,quality and service,thanks again Seamus!
Yeah, it’s difficult to place an online order for shoes without knowing how they run. So, a word of advice. THESE RUN JUST LIKE YOU’D EXPECT THEM TO! None of this, oh I think I’ll order a size too big just because of the hose…Just order what you’d normally wear.
Steve Davis –
As a beginning piper with only two years of experience, and constrained to a tight budget, I am very pleased with the Ghillie Brogues. They compare in appearance and quality to those of higher price, and are very comfortable and serviceable. I have already worn them proudly at one performance. I have a parade in two days where I am sure I will appreciate the rubber soles. Thank you!!!
Runs a size small
I usually wear a US size 12 shoe and had to exchange these for a 13, which are just about right. Otherwise they seem like a good shoe for the money.
Great shoe for a great price
I was very surprised at the quality of this shoe for the price. I have ordered from different sites and have paid a lot more for poorer quality items. The shoes arrived on time and were a perfect fit and quite comfy. Thanks
I am an actor and costumer for a theater. These shoes were absolutely perfect! The actor raves about how comfortable they are. The quality is very good. The only suggestion I have would be to put instructions in with the shoes. The actor went on line to find the proper way to tie them, being a novice to wearing them. The service and packaging was superior! Thank you.
Michtie Tichties:) wear in advance
For the money,I was quite surprised, how good they were. The last pair I had lasted 20 odd years which I doubt these will see but you never know.
Very nice looking brogues.I wore them for a few hours a night prior to a 6 hour event and even though they have zero cushioning,bar the socks,you’ll really want to have proper socks on,they didn’t hobble me at all.
The laces are a let down with the tassles being lost in the course of a single outing the were,hence the 4/5.
Scott Bounds –
Fit Like a Glove!
These shoes are just the greatest. I am always worried about ordering clothing from the internet due to not getting a good fit, much less shoes. So when these arrived and they fit so perfectly I was totally amazed. Awesome and great looking.
Shoes arrived on time and in perfect condition. Thanks.