12 Coates Crescent,
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 3854
Fax: +44 (0)131 225 8873
Web site: http://www.tac-rscds.org/
18464 67A Avenue,
Surrey, BC, Canada,
There is Fiddler's Crossing at
PO Box 92226,Balnain House Trust are at
Tel: (818) 792-6323
40 Huntly Street,
Ghillies - the lace up dance shoes - can be obtained at dance wear shops, such as Ballet School Supplies or Dancewear, where they are usually referred to as "Highland Dancing Pumps". If that fails, James Senior of St. Andrews (http://www.jamessenior.co.uk/) do mail order. Women have it easier - they can get away with standard ballet shoes; however James Senior also have a range of shoes in a similar style. There is also the Scottish Dance Show Company, based in Wembley, London.
Craig Coussins also makes a range of dance shoe - the Hullachan Pro. His web site also includes articles on dance injury (and how to avoid it) and an on-line video of how to lace your shoes. The US site also has most of the above.
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About 12 years ago the brilliant white bobble top hose became popular with pipe bands and still are. The tops were detached from the socks which could of course be bought and washed separately. Now they make the socks with the tops attached for obvious reasons. The sock had a reinforced sole ( terry cloth?) which made them very comfortable especially when you are on your feet all day, long wearing and also good to dance in. In those days we used to get them from Robert Matheson who subsequently opened a shop called The Pipe Box (I have no connection with this company). I believe these were football socks but have not been able to find the same type in sports shops for some time. If anyone does know where I can get them please let me know.
On the subject of tartan or diced hose, check that they are wool or a mixture and 'hand' knitted before you buy and be careful how you wash them.
Hose tops have been used by pipe bands wearing spats with No1 dress for around two hundred years
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