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Thistle Piper Ghillie Brogue (7051P)


These brogues were developed by listening to what pipers wanted in a brogue. What did they want? Comfort and durability. The smooth leather has a waxy finish to improve protection against weather, although this can’t make them waterproof of course. For standing or marching on all types of terrain, it was decided the ridged rubber sole would be the best option.

The shoe is leather lined to allow the foot to breathe and includes a padded leather insole and top line for maximum comfort around the heel and ankle. Features on this shoe are the traditional steel quarter tips which are hand screwed into the heel. With a cemented all terrain rubber sole this is a fantastic piper ghillie brogue that does not break the bank.


SKU: PiperBrogue Category:
  • Description


At Thistle Shoes we pride ourselves on our quality and service, as we still make our ghillie brogues the same way as we always have, by using traditional skills and craftsmen. ” The Piper ” is our go to ghillie for most pipe band members.

It incorporates the same high quality finish premium leathers, but with a combination sole unit of leather for the classic look with a modern twist of a high impact compound rubber heel  with the traditional steel quarter tip for extra durability.

Ghillie brogues are most commonly seen as an essential component of traditional, formal Scottish dress and are worn primarily for social occasions.

Historically this has not always been the case as they trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and Ireland that was constructed using untanned leather with perforations that allowed water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog.

The word “brogues” originates in the late sixteenth century and is a derivation of the Irish and Scots Gaelic “brōg”, taken from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”


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