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    shoe color

    So far, I have a Black Watch kilt. I hear I can pretty much wear whatever type of footwear, but I'm curious as to color. I'm sure black will be fine, but are there other colors to match?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randycan View Post
    So far, I have a Black Watch kilt. I hear I can pretty much wear whatever type of footwear, but I'm curious as to color. I'm sure black will be fine, but are there other colors to match?
    Thanks!
    When you say that you can pretty much wear whatever type of footwear, I have to demur. It depends very, very much on the event you're attending. There are a lot of events where some types of footwear would be very inappropriate.
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    Black Watch is a great tartan, since it pretty much goes with nearly everything. So it allows a wide range of accessories to look good.

    That said, much depends on the formality of the rest of your outfit. If you're wearing black tie and a Prince Charlie jacket, then your Converse high tops are not a good choice. On the other hand, they might work if you're going to the pub in a t-shirt and leather jacket with your kilt.

    I tend to wear my black cap-toe oxfords or my cordovan brogues when kilted.

    For dressy events (anything with a tie), your standard black dress shoes will be fine. Many kilt wearers like brogued shoes, and these could be brown or cordovan as well as black. You don't have to worry about matching the color of your belt or sporran.

    For more casual kilted events (the pub and the like), many folks like boots. I often wear hiking boots, but I've seen combat boots and other rugged footwear work, too. Pretty much any shade of leather or suede boots will probably look OK, except for camouflage jungle boots.

    I generally don't wear sneakers with the kilt, except when I am running a race kilted (which happens regularly). At these events, I wear running shoes with the kilt, but do not wear a sporran. My running shoes are highlighter yellow, so they are great for running at night, but don't "match" any other item in my kilt wardrobe. Of course, my racing bib(number) is also an accessory that only gets worn on race day.

    I hope this is helpful.
    Andrew

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    Probably wont' be wearing formal wear, but just something to church, casual wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randycan View Post
    Probably wont' be wearing formal wear, but just something to church, casual wear.
    Again, it depends. It depends on the church. I'd never criticize you for wearing boots in my church, but believe me, nobody else does it. There are other congregations where it might fit better. It's a matter of respecting the people around you.
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    For church, any normal dressy shoe colour should be fine. I wouldn't consider any particular tartan to make a difference on that. Any shade of brown or black should be perfectly acceptable. Did you have something else specific in mind?

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    Oxford cut wingtip brogues in black suit every occasion.
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    Brown brogues



    or Black brogues work well.


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    Again it depends

    For me as well it depends on the event I am attending, if I am going out to the bar or a highland festival with lots of walking its my combat or hiking boots. If I am attending a more formal event such as a dance, or Burns supper it's my black dress shoes. For instance tomorrow I will be selling 50/50 tickets at a country music concert to help raise some money for our local Scottish club so I will be wearing my Pride of Scotland kilt, club t-shirt, black day sporran. black hose and combat boots. On Sunday I will be attending our local Remembrance day ceremony and I will be wearing my freedom tartan kilt, green hose, semiformal rabbit fur sporran, green sweater with a white shirt under and my black dress shoes because it is a more formal event. So just like the other far wiser members than I said it just depends on the event

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    Shoe-colour is an interesting topic in Highland Dress.

    In the 18th century you see brown and black, the brown appearing to be traditional deerskin soft Highland shoes and the black often being more like Sassenach brogues.

    In Victorian times the brogues, be they ordinary Oxford-looking shoes or the Mary Jane style shoes, are black while the shoes we now call Ghillies are usually tan roughout. (Sporrans were hair.)

    In all of my vintage Highland Dress catalogues, ranging from the 1920s through the 1950s, only black shoes are mentioned or illustrated. (Ghillies had become just another style of brogue, more or less.) Only tan or brown leather Day sporrans are mentioned or illustrated, meaning that the wearing of black shoes with brown sporrans is presumed. Indeed when I first got into kiltwearing in the 1970s that was what I saw most people wearing. (I still remember the first time I saw a gent wearing matching brown sporran and shoes, and how odd it struck me at the time.)

    After a century of not being popular, brown Ghillies are making a big comeback now, and as McMurdo demonstrates the wearing of brown wingtips looks great.

    As to the wearing of combat boots, cowboy boots, trainers, flip-flops, etc. with the kilt these things fall outside of traditional Highland Dress so there are no traditions or norms to be addressed.

    Yes indeed in Victorian time ankle boots were popular in Highland Dress but for whatever reason they fell out of favour around 1900.

    Time for pretty pictures!

    Brown deerskin sporran and black shoes in the 18th century



    A variety of shoe-colours seen in the 18th century. (Evidently the behaviour of pipers hasn't changed.)



    The tan roughout Ghillies of the Victorians. Note that all the other leather of his elaborate kit is black. The dirk handles are light brown wood.



    A typical Victorian Highlander: ordinary jacket (not shortened for the kilt), ankle boots, no flashes or kilt pin, and Glengarry and long hair sporran (both thought of today as being "military")



    The 1930s. You can get any colour shoes you want, as long as you want black. Note that black brogues are specifically sold for day wear. (All Day sporrans offered were brown.)



    Black brogues are "correct" for Day dress; note that no flashes are worn in the illustration despite the text.



    The resurgence of brown Ghillies: Gordon Walker. (His sporran is a lovely Nicoll Brothers, in dark brown.)

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