Originally Posted by kolecho
How much of this functional vs cosmetic?
100% functional. The stitch straight into the topsole makes a strong, durable & relatively water-resistant welt. More durable and more water resistant than blake or goodyear.
The braided stitch goes straight into the insole. Again, a more durable construction than most methods. Does it need to be a braided stitch? Of course not. Does the Lobb Museum finish have any purpose other than cosmetic? Is it more durable or simply "beautiful"? Aren't we spending so much money on shoes BECAUSE we like the cosmetic aspects?
The norvegese is a combination of functionality + cosmetics. You might not like the cosmetics, but that is merely a matter of personal taste.