Tackity Boots

Glencoe Folk Museum

Boots like these were worn by quarry workers to protect their feet. 

Ballachulish Quarry was established in the late seventeenth century and provided industry in the region for many years.  

The slate was formed during Precambrian times, approximately 800 million years ago. This metamorphic rock was used to create slate roof tiles for the surrounding area as well as cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

The unusual name for these boots came from the metal inserts on the toe and heel which produced a “tack” sound when walking – earning them the nickname of ‘tackity boots’.


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Date: 1900s
Materials : Leather, Metal
Size : 28cm

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