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Dress and Footwear

What to wear

For Club nights, any comfortable clothes that don't restrict your movement are fine.  Quite a lot of men wear kilts, but Scottish dress is by no means compulsory!  And be prepared to get quite warm.

For Dances and Balls, the dress code will often be mentioned on the flyer or ticket, but Dances tend to be informal but smart, while Balls bring out the posh frocks and Highland evening wear.


You need soft shoes for Scottish Country Dancing.  To start with, light trainers or plimsolls are fine, but as you progress you may want to buy proper soft dance shoes.  Many women wear ballet type slippers while both men and women wear lacing "ghillie pumps".  Jazz shoes are a good alternative for those who need a bit of extra arch support.

Where to buy shoes

Women's shoes are easier to find locally than men's, but the specialist suppliers offer good mail order services.  

Mail order

St Andrews Shoemakers  (formerly James Senior)      

Thistle Shoes  (look under "country dance")

Scottish Dance Shoe Company  (have a shop in Wembley  -  see website)

Munro Competition Shoes

Shops in the area (for women's shoes)

Janet's Dancewear     Englefield Green, Egham

Fame Dancewear       Redhill

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