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Christmas Greeting

Dear Friends, Customers and kilt aficionado’s ,

Since 1996 our family business has gone through many changes, both planned and well maybe not so planned. We started as a hobby and your interest and kind appreciation for what we have been doing has made us grow far beyond what we originally envisioned as a hobby.
This last year was no different, as the depression may have made the economy depressed, you as customers were not. This year came in like a lamb and has ended like a lion.
I wanted to take few moments and share my heartfelt thanks to one and all of you that have helped share our heritage.
Please enjoy this Christmas time and from Sean , Laura, Dana, Diane, Kayla and Cheryl, we wish you a merry Christmas.
We look forward to sharing our mutual love of our heritage for many years to com.
All of us at the kiltsdotcom team wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and great Hogmanay and First Footing.

Ghillie Brogues Cont’d

Over the years I have been hot and cold about ghille brogue shoes. Some companies offer a shoe that is nothing more than a novelty and an a front to those of us that want to offer you a quality product. I have , over the years, first tried the shoe before we offer it to you. Currently we are offering a medium quality shoe that offers a good value. I am honest about this , and we can get you a premium quality shoe , but no one takes me up on it , as they are double the price. It stands to reason that if a good dress shoe price starts at nearly three-hundred dollars, then a specialty shoe of the same quality will cost more. No one has yet taken me up on the three hundred dollar ghillie brogue. Two reasons, first is that price and second is that a true dress shoe has a leather sole. Most of our sales these days are pipers, drummers and others that march or are on their feet a great deal. The high end shoe companies simply do not offer a rubber sole. So we offer the best shoe we know of that does what people;e want it to do. The Marching Brogue has by far been our most popular shoe. The “Doc Martin” like sole is a good enough reason to be drawn to this shoe. Avriel, the distributor for this shoe gave us an opportunity to off our customers an upgrade called the Orthotic that offers an improved insole with firmer arch and is removable. An ideal shoe for those that march and diabetics that wear the kilt. As , is my duty to wear what we sell to evaluate the product, and to report to you what you can expect from the product, good and bad. I am currently trying out those new Orthotic shoes. I have a about a half dozen wears of mixed weather including some pretty hearty rain. Walking in Oregon requires a rubber sole shoe, as leather takes far to much of a beating. One of the main reasons I picked this shoe was the rubber sole , to keep my dress leather sole shoes nice. The rubber sole is as advertised , nice and cushioned and gives you a comfortable walk. The surprise come from the Orthotic sole. Wow, what a comfortable shoe. The full leather upper seems to be wearing well, and my next project will be to shine these and see how they take shoe wax, that and to keep the leather flexible, or supple as they say. Whoever they are? We offer the Avriel shoe line in six separate shoes and soles. The point being, you get what you pay for. Our low-line shoes in both leather a rubber sole is for the guy that wears his shoes one a year to the Burns Dinner. The Marching Brogue rubber sole, and the Premium Dress Leather shoe are exactly that, an excellent shoe for bit more money. We also offer the Ultimate Marching for those busy Pipe Bands, the issue with these and the Military shoe is that they have a metal heal cleat that is for outdoor use only.

Ghliie Brogues

The Ghillie Brogue is the standard shoe to be worn with the kilt. I do not always follow the rules. The real problem I have had with ghillie brogues is that almost all of the shoes are what I call a “novelty shoe”. Nothing more than a cheap product to fill a need. Then again many people treat the kilt and the Highland attire nothing more than a costume. I do not look at the iconic image of my Forefathers as a costume, and I certainly do not wear it on Halloween. I am also a person, and I hope you are to, that wants to purchase quality. There are many reasons to buy quality product, as in the long run, they end up costing you less than if you purchase a cheap product and then have to buy it again and again. It also may seem odd, since I own a retail business, but I do not like to shop. No, not even for stuff I like. I research my purchase and then make a purchase, done. I buy the best I can afford and that way I have to shop less by not having to buy it again latter. Ghillie brogues are one of those excellent examples. For the first few years we were in business, I did not carry brogues in our shop, because the quality of the shoes out there was so poor. After a while and many, many requests by customers I broke down and bought the best we could find at the time. Naturally I bought a pair for myself and went about wearing them. It was not a dozen wearings and the upper leather cracked at where my foot bends. So here I am buying another pair of ghillie brogues. We recently renewed a relationship with a popular dance shoe company that has come out with a new premium line of shoes. Avriel of Canada. Six options in all from an economy brogue to a high end military shoe and everything in between. My purchase will be a pair of the Premium Dress Leather Sole shoes, because I wear leather sole shoes for all dress occasions, and predominantly I wear my kilt in dress situations. I am so impressed with this line of shoes that we are producing videos of the benefits and differences in each of the models offered. For those who purchase a pair of brogues from you will receive a demonstration video on how to tie your ghillie brogues.