The Goyser is a WONDERFUL stitch. Rough, rugged & beautiful to look at (as well as very strong and durable). Moo was a lucky son-of-a-gun those were HIS size, instead of mine!
Goyser is the perfect stitch to introduce someone to a "different style" of shoes, where the shoemaker's construction is out there for all to see, rather than neatly tucked away. Sort of like a "skeleton" watch. Once you've fallen in love with the goyser, the bentivegna & norvegese are almost sure to follow. Goyser is a "gateway drug"!
hmmh, bentivegna & norvegese never attracted me... ...and probably never will.
A sample of goyser: http://handmadeshoes.files.wordpress...pg?w=500&h=332 Dinkelacker's CRAZY goyser: Bentivegna: Double norvegese: norvegese with braided stitch to insole: The point is, these stitches are all related. Maybe different origins, some more "refined and finished" and some more "rugged and rustic". The Bentivegna could certainly be done with a braided stitch instead of a straight one. Santoni favors a more rustic look, but they have the capability to refine the look if need be. I can understand not liking the rustic/ rugged look, but it is still the "ugly" (in a good way, I think) cousin of goyser, at least in substance... and ESPECIALLY in the concept that the maker wants the world to see his handi-work, rather than merely hiding it away.
Thanks, friend. Basically, I like what I like. Not really influenced by what the "majority" might see as "beautiful". ALTHOUGH, I ALWAYS keep an open mind and can see the beauty & attractiveness in things I may not want for myself.
It was also my philosophy when I was still dating.