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Old 02-23-2018, 06:12 AM   #1
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Default Comfortable Formal Marching Shoes

Is there something any of you can recommend? The only requirement my band has is that they are black and can be shined. I'm an adult piper so comfort is key.
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:34 AM   #2
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I just wear some rubber-sole Dockers dress shoes with a gel insert, they've been great for me!
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:50 AM   #3
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Is there something any of you can recommend? The only requirement my band has is that they are black and can be shined. I'm an adult piper so comfort is key.
TIA,
John T
If you don’t want traditional ghillie brogues ...you might acquire plain or cap toe Dockers ( or similar ) for a ‘uniform’ look.. Or seek a more ‘traditional’ brogue’d effect shoe.

If you want to forego the ‘buy cheap-buy twice’ dictum....classic Piper brogues made by Gaelic Themes are long lasting top rung imo for style and comfort.

There is a Canada homed distributor of ‘marching brogues’ made of ...Burnish?.. leather which I would recommend to totally avoid . No,..I don’t know what a Burnish is.

And,..I have no relationship with Gaelic Themes.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:21 AM   #4
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:29 AM   #5
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You could try these
http://www.avriel.com/piper-39-s-cor.../prod_215.html
I do t have a pair but know some that do. They say they are very comfortable.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:18 AM   #6
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I do t have a pair but know some that do. They say they are very comfortable.

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I did. I could not recommend them.

I would recommend Gaelic Themes however ..in my own experience a quality shoe. Virtually same cost as the others.

What I learned....buy cheap- buy twice.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:53 AM   #7
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I recommend Dinkles formal marching shoes for comfort and appearance, as well as an economical price:

http://dinkles.com/products/formal-marching-shoe/
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:01 AM   #8
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I recommend Gaelic Themes as well. I have ones with the steel clickers, some say they can get heavy but I think they're bad azz when on the march.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:45 AM   #9
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I recommend Gaelic Themes as well. I have ones with the steel clickers, some say they can get heavy but I think they're bad azz when on the march.
..on my few different piping shoes, ghillies, plain daywear brogues, MoD brogues, Dress mess ‘highland sandles’........I always keep good large metal taps at the toe of the sole...the last little bit that scrapes the pavement while on parade or just plain walking. These are called Blakley’s on MOD brogues....but the usual metal tap a shoe maker has will work fine...and save wearing away the tip of the sole....especially if double soled.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:43 PM   #10
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Greetings to All,

Many years past... and upon the recommendation of a
friend in the police service... I purchased a pair of the plain,
black oxford shoe... made by the U.S. company... Bates.
("Pavement Pounders"... my friend called them. :)

Quite reasonably priced... very easily shined... and the toes...
to that shiny-bright reflection... that will pass... a crack unit's
rigors of military inspection... and they last... last... and last !!

But the icing on this particular piece of cake... is that they are
so ...remarkably... comfortable !! :)

Hot... cold... wet or dry... on the march... or standing still... and for
those long periods of time... with which we are sometimes so stuck...
my feet are happy !! ... and so am I. :)

For the last dozen-odd years... I haven't worn anything else... and
I can't quite fancy... doing so...

Bonaparte may have said, "An army marches on its stomach."...
but as we are most generally... not taking any in-coming rounds...
I find my feet... to be closer to the ground... :)

Regards, and Happy Feet... to All,

Pip01



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