Originally Posted by fritzl
i assume. afaik, the vass version is closer to the original concept and distinctive features.
Surely, the original version of a Norwegian must come from Norway. Here is Jan Petter Myrhe
's version (the only Norwegian shoemaker myself, or any other member of this forum, knows). His version is much closer to Edward Green than Vass. He utilizes a heel counter and avoids the clunky high-walled last as well as the raw turned-up leather edges, which dominate the Austro/Hungarian version. Myrhe being Norwegian, must count for something.
It might be, the Austro/Hungarian version is nothing but a bastardisation and simplification of the Norwegian original. It might be in old Norway they were two different versions around, one for the peasants and one for smart town folks.
Only a Norwegian shoe historian can tell us what the distinctive features of a Norwegian shoe are.