I'm pleased and excited to announce a new working relationship with Snow Paw, a fantastic local company producing a great range of footwear featuring genuine Harris Tweed, a true symbol of Scottish culture and industry!
Established in 2010, Snow Paw originally sought to bring Scottish sheepskin shoes and boots to your feet, and now specialise in producing shoes featuring the iconic patterns of Harris Tweed, woven exclusively on the Scottish Outer Hebridean islands since the nineteenth century.
The orb trademark of Harris Tweed has become the symbol of a truly international brand, and Snow Paw feature the colours and styles of Harris Tweed in their range of contemporary footwear and accessories. From slippers to gloves, brogues to boots you can now wear this classic cloth in a whole new way!
I'm occasionally asked by visitors why I don't wear a kilt to lead my tours of Edinburgh. There are various reasons, but primary among them the fact that I'm not a Highland Scot, the people for whom the kilt and clan tartan is traditional dress. In an effort to present and promote an authentic image of contemporary Scotland, it would seem uncomfortably opportunistic for me to don a garb that is alien to me simply to satisfy the curiosity of tourists.
However, thanks to Snow Paw I am now proud to be able to display an authentic symbol of Scottish history and culture in my footwear, without compromising the values that I feel make up modern Scotland!
In January this year Snow Paw won the Best Product award for clothing at the 2017 Scotland's Trade Fair, promoting products that showcase the best of Scottish design and produce. Designed locally and crafted from quality materials - including, of course, the iconic Harris Tweed! - the men's brogue is the latest addition to their product line.
You can currently purchase Snow Paw shoes and boots from their online store or from the local stockists on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Later this year it is hoped a Snow Paw shop will open in the city's Grassmarket area, offering visitors the chance to take home a pair of these exclusive, stylish and contemporary footwear as an extra special souvenir of their trip to Scotland!
Take a guided tour of Edinburgh with me to see these shoes in action, or check out the Snow Paw website for their full range of Harris Tweed footwear and accessories!
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