Something’s happening on the high street at the moment: there’s a ballet pump revolution. Because all of a sudden, the hottest shoe in Topshop, ASOS and Office is the ghillie. But what even IS is a ghillie anyway?

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Maxine Eggenberger in her Topshop ghillies
Like ballet pumps, ghillies have their origins in dance. They’re traditionally used by Irish dancers, as well as Scottish country dancers and Highland dancers. Their distinguishing feature is the leather laces that criss-cross the foot and tie around the ankle, or sometimes all the way up the leg. Now that they’ve appeared on the high street, it turns out that they look brilliant with jeans and skirts as well as traditional country dance costumes. The fashion versions have an almond shaped toe, too, which is far more flattering than a round toe that you’d usually get on a ballet pump. Oh, and they’re not exactly expensive, either – some of them are less than thirty quid!

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Alex from The Frugality in her Next ghillies
I don’t own a pair myself (yet!), but a couple of my friends have been wearing them and looking awesome over the past few weeks. Maxine, who writes for InStyle.co.uk (top) has posted a few pictures on Instagram of hers from Topshop (follow her on Instagram @maxfashwriter) and my pal Alex from The Frugality blog has been rocking her pair from Next, too (above: she’s on Instagram at @thefrugality). I think they’re really elegant, stylish and a great summer option for weddings, work and the pub. Oh, and dancing of course! Plus they look really expensive even though you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a really good pair. Here are the best ones available to buy right now.

Office ghillie black and red
Office ghillies, £60, office.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)

Office
Office ghillies, £62, office.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)

Topshop ghillie black
Topshop ghillies, as seen on Maxine, £69, topshop.com (BUY ME HERE!)

Topshop nude ghillie
Topshop ghillies, £69, topshop.com (BUY ME HERE!)

ASOS ghillie blue
ASOS ghillies, £28, asos.com (BUY ME HERE!) – also available in black

ASOS ghillie snake
ASOS ghillies, £28, asos.com (BUY ME HERE!)

Next ghillie
Next ghillies, as seen on Alex, £45, next.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)

One thought on “ Ghillies: the new way to do ballet pumps ”

  1. Thanks for the round-up! The Asos ones are gorgeous both in electric blue and snakeprint, and they even come in a size 8 for my paddles! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen ghillies on my quest here in Norway, but they’ll probably arrive soon — or next summer…

    Anett | Tall Girl’s Fashion

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