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Excellent thread LS.
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Wonderful post!!!
Thank you Lucky strike
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Thanks for sharing your knowledge Lucky Strike!
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Was there an original purpose for the slit in the instep band (...besides pennies :-)? or is it just a decorative element? Beautiful Norwegian village.
Missed this - it seems to me that the original purpose for the slit actually was inserting a coin for decoration. The traditional Sunday wear (the "bunad") of the Norwegian peasantry would typically include sterling-buckled shoes after the Continental late 18th C pattern, so the coins might also be a down-market version of the silver buckles. The modern bunad - a folkloristic costume along the lines of kilts or lederhosen, still very often has the buckled shoes. Putting coins in the slits would traditionally signify that one was "spoken for" or "going steady" with someone. My grandmother actually told me this, when I was a kid, and wore them. Black Aurland shoes were very often used as "dress" shoes for children. And yeah, this is one of the innermost corners of the Hardanger fjord, it's supposed to be one of the nicest areas in Norway.


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Thank you for the thread OP, this is terrific!

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I've been googling on the original of slip-ons, so-called Norwegian peasant shoes, and found out what looks like it, but Google Translate from Norwegian into English doesn't work at all! I'd like to know who wrote www.aurdalen.com and a relationship between Nils Tveranger (a founder of Aurlandskoen) and Gustav Nesbø. Could someone who can read Norwegian tell me whether they are mentioned?

Skomakar- meister Gustav Nesbø
Produserte ekte Aurlandssko...



Tveranger sin sko hadde snøring, og vart mønsterverna under namnet «Nasjonalskoen». Seinare tok Gustav Nesbø og Kristian Ohnstad opp produksjon av denne «nasjonalskoen» fram til 1930-åra. I 1935 forma Tveranger ut Aurlandsskoen som vi kjenner den i dag, og som vart ein stor salssuksess.

This picture is "Aurlandssko, Date: 1945 to 1960", a collection of National Library of Norway.
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