Hey Derek, I agree with you on the welting. Personally would not go Norwegian for that shoe.Is the storm welt for water resistance? How about veldtschoen construction instead of the storm welt? More water resistant if that's what you are looking for. I had a pair of Cleverleys made up with a storm welt. They came out okay, but I'd probably do Veldtschoen if I made that shoe again. A different look though. Anyhow, just an idea.