Designers are putting on their dancing shoes for Spring ’16. The ghillie is back, but this time the lace-up shoe is shedding its traditional Irish and Scottish dance roots in favor of faster designs better suited for the party dance floor.
Ghilles are served up in three distinct styles for Spring ’16. The style gets wrapped up in the bohemian trend as a go-to upper for flatform espadrilles, wedges and massive wood units. Suede fabrications play nicely with the style, with matching suede cords lacing up the leg. Kanna updates the classic wedge espadrille with a ghillie accented with bold tassel laces. Summit by White Mountain goes a step further by pairing black and white ghillie uppers with a wedge heels that features layers of leather and EVA.
In other instances, the style is a delicate alternative to gladiator sandals, which this season is going hardcore with oversized gems and armor-like shin plates. Nina Originals offers ghillies as both a peep-toe flat in black and metallic bronze, and on a slim high heel. A highlight in the collection is a suede lattice-like cage bootie, filled in with fine mesh. The shoe takes on a casual feel in olive and rusty brown, and a dressier vibe in black and off-white.
Other brands take a more playful approach to the trend. Consider ghillies the new Mary Jane. Groupe France Mode offers classic navy and white polka dot ghillie flats. Meanwhile, Pikolinos uses ghillie laces on retro-inspired, cutout wingtips.