Get In Touch With Kilt Store

Head Office & Web

Ex Hire Sale Shop
Address: the kilt hire co
26 Hardengreen Industrial Estate
Estate, Dalkeith. EH22 3NX

Phone: 0044 (0)131 660 3451
Email: dalkeith@kilthire.com

Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm

Edinburgh Store

Address: the kilt hire co
54/56 Haymarket Terrace,
Edinburgh. EH12 5LA

Phone: 0044 (0)131 337 3333
Email: Edinburgh@kilthire.com

Monday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday
9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday
10.00am - 5.30pm

Dundee Store

Address: the kilt hire co
13 Union Street,
Dundee. DD1 4BN

Phone: 0044 (0)1382 227 800
Email: dundee@kilthire.com

Monday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday
CLOSED
Thursday
9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday
CLOSED

Musselburgh Store

Address: the kilt hire co
36 Bridge Street,
Musselburgh. EH21 6AG

Phone: 0044 (0)131 665 9898
Email: musselburgh@kilthire.com

Monday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday
CLOSED
Thursday
9.00am - 6.00pm
Friday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday
9.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday
CLOSED
FREE UK DELIVERY OVER £50
You can also order before 2pm for same day dispatch | Show International Costs

What are the delivery charges for the UK? 

We charge £3.50 for smaller orders under £50 value & FREE POSTAGE available on UK purchases over £50*

We send orders either via standard second class post, recorded or by courier tracked & signed for. We will advise which service we used & supply a tracking number if required. You can track those parcels at the Interlink web site If there is nobody available at the delivery address to accept the delivery a card may be left to inform the recipient how he or she can collect the parcel. *A surcharge may apply for large/high value purchases.

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PLEASE NOTE: A working day is Monday - Friday and doesn't include bank holidays. Orders for next working day delivery will need to be made before 2.00pm. Please also note that we cannot offer next day delivery to the Highlands and Islands and BFPO addresses.

What are the delivery charges for Europe and Rest of the World?

Delivery is via courier and will arrive within 1 - 7 business days (please note that you will need to sign for your parcel). For a more accurate timescale, please see below. A surcharge may apply for large/high value purchases.


  • Delivery Destination Under £50.00 Over £50.01   Description
  • England 2nd Class Option 2nd Class Option   Delivery 3-5 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Scotland 2nd Class Option 2nd Class Option   Delivery 3-5 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Wales 2nd Class Option 2nd Class Option   Delivery 3-5 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • Australia £15.00 * Reduced! £15.00 * Reduced! £15.00 * Reduced! 6 - 11 Business Days.
  • USA £15.00 * Reduced! £15.00 * Reduced! £15.00 * Reduced! Delivery 4 - 8 Business days.
  • Canada £15.00 * Reduced! £15.00 * Reduced! £15.00 * Reduced! Delivery 4 - 8 Business days.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • Northern Ireland £8.00 £8.00 £8.00 Delivery 1-2 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Scottish Highlands & Islands £8.00 £8.00 £8.00 Delivery 1-2 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Isle of Man £8.00 £8.00 £8.00 Delivery 1-2 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Jersey £8.00 £8.00 £8.00 Delivery 1-2 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Guernsey £8.00 £8.00 £8.00 Delivery 1-2 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Republic of Ireland £8.00 £8.00 £8.00 Delivery 2-3 days if ordered before 2pm.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • Belgium £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! Delivery 2 - 5 Business Days.
  • Denmark £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! Delivery 2 - 5 Business Days.
  • France £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! Delivery 2 - 5 Business Days.
  • Germany £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! Delivery 2 - 5 Business Days.
  • Luxembourg £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! Delivery 2 - 5 Business Days.
  • Netherlands £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! £8.00 * Reduced! Delivery 2 - 5 Business Days.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • Greece £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3-6 Business Days.
  • Portugal £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3-6 Business Days.
  • Spain £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3-6 Business Days.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • Albania £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Andora £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Austria £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Belarus £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovinia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Bulgaria £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Croatia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Cyprus £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Czech Republic £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Estonia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Finland £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Gibraltar £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Greenland £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Hungary £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Iceland £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Latvia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Liechtenstein £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Lithuania £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Malta £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Poland £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Norway £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Romania £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Russia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Slovakia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Slovenia £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Sweden £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Switzerland £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Turkey £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Ukraine £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Delivery 3 - 7 Business Days.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • Hong Kong £35.00 £35.00 £28.00 6 - 11 Business Days.
  • Japan £35.00 £35.00 £28.00 6 - 11 Business Days.
  • New Zealand £35.00 £35.00 £28.00 6 - 11 Business Days.
  • South Korea £35.00 £35.00 £28.00 6 - 11 Business Days.
  • Delivery Destination Under £35.00 Over £35.01 £100.00+ Description
  • South Africa £45.00 £45.00 £45.00 6 - 11 Business Days.
  • India £45.00 £45.00 £45.00 6 - 11 Business Days.
Delivery times are estimates

 

The John White Story–our new men’s shoes

PaulSwadzba | 22/05/2015 08:54:53

The John White Story, an insight into the heritage of these shoes

Chapter 1: Keep Believing

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In 1919, inside a little shack in Northamptonshire, a man called John White was stitching together a legacy. He was handcrafting the first pair of John White shoes, and the beginnings of a British boot-making empire.

From the very first pair, John White’s shoes were all labelled with KB. This mysterious emblem was only explained toward the end of his life. They stood for Keep Believing, and this had been John’s motto throughout.

Whatever adversity John White faced, the man and his shoes would find a way to persevere. The story of John White Shoes is still alive today in Northamptonshire, and we are still driven by the same founding values: Quality craftsmanship, timeless British styling, and most importantly: a belief in what we do.

Chapter 2: The First Steps

At 22, John already had a decade of experience in the cord waning trade. His meticulous attention to detail had helped him rise to the top of some of the best boot-making factories. He was determined to go further though: he wanted his own.

So in 1918, John gave up his job. He found a small derelict paint shop and converted it into a workshop. He bought enough leather for a batch of 500 uppers, and then sold them to Jimmy Hyde for 5/9d a pair. Within a year, enough uppers had been sold that in 1919, he had bought his first sole press. John White Shoes was born.

Chapter 3: Becoming Impregnable

John White Shoes was founded in the midst of a post war depression – one that hit the shoe trade particularly hard. During his first appointment with a London buyer, John was shown a warehouse of unsold shoes and told to ‘come back in 6 years.’ John’s dream couldn’t wait that long though, so instead he sought out Darnells in Shoreditch. The department store buyers were so impressed with the shoes that they placed an order immediately. They went on to sell millions.

In 1920, a three-storey house on Church Street became John’s first factory. There were clickers on the top floor, sewers and stitchers on the middle, and finishers on the ground. There was also a big room set aside for a team making shoes completely by hand. The company was soon selling 6,000 pairs a week.

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In 1939, John White built his flagship factory. Based on Lime Street in Rushden, the front was emblazoned with ‘Impregnable Boots.’ Impregnable was apt, not only as the name of their most reputable Goodyear welted boots, but also because 1939 was the dawn of the second world war – during which John White would play a major role. ­­­­­

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Chapter 4: Lasting the War

From rugged pairs made for commandos, to canvas boots for the royal navy and flying boots for RAF pilots; over 10% of all British forces were wearing John White shoes during the war.

During the war, John White’s Impregnable boots went from being the pinnacle of a well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe, to the essential item in every British soldier’s kitbag. In total, John White produced over 8 million pairs for the allied forces.

Not content with his contribution, John also commissioned the construction of a Spitfire to aid the war effort. He called it Impregnable, and fittingly, survived the war unharmed despite shooting down several enemy aircraft.

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Chapter 5: Walking the world

Like their Spitfire, John White Shoes survived the war.  Once again against a backdrop of adversity, the company would continue to flourish. Their reputation for excellent wartime shoes meant that there was soon demand in America and Canada, and soon they were exporting 400,000 pairs to America – 90% of all British shoe exports to the country

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