The upper is the same Leather as on most ghillies so it is easy to clean. The sole however is a lightweight rubber sole made specifically for pipers. This is light and durable so if your walking or marching on any terrain come rain or shine the soles should keep you dry and comfortable. These also have the steel quarter tip again increasing the life of the heel piece and making the clicking sound. You’ll see the pipers wearing these everywhere from pipe band shows, weddings, playing in the Edinburgh tattoo all the major cities with bagpipers playing on the streets.