*Important Historical GOISER Method Patrol Boot by Unknown Master:41-41,5D


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  • Rare Important Historical, Hand-Made
    Goiser Welted & Wooden Nail Sole
    Field & Mounted Patrol Boots
    Unknown Hungarian Master, Unknown Vintage
    Euro 550

    This marvelous hand-made Field & Patrol Boot boasts the rarest and most complex construction in shoemaking, the Goiser (or true Norwegian) construction, in which both the welt and the top leather are turned outward and sewn (in this case by hand) to the street sole. The term “Norwegian” is used promiscuously to refer to several styles of shoe, notably the “Split-Toe Norwegian” with its outward turned moccasin-like apron and joining at the toe, and among Italian shoemakers, of a variety styles with decorative double sewn welts. Unlike in the present boot, the sewing is mostly non-functional and conceals construction even as rudimentary as Blake Stitching. Very few of those are the true complex Goiser/Norwegian construction, as shown here.

    The term “Goiser” is derived from Bad Goisern in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. This construction was once commonly found in hand-made all-purpose mountain shoes worn in that region of the Alps and was intended to prevent water from entering through the seams. Indeed, this boot is too heavily built for dressage, rather it is suitable for hacking or for mounted police work, for the most demanding duty; police, military or motorcycle service or dismounted field duty.

    Little is known about this particular shoe beyond the fineness of its making, that it is of Hungary origin and the product of a master shoemaker. The full-leather lining and modest toe-box suggest a relatively modern date but the anachronistic wooden nailing of the sole is a technique long out of practice. It would be interesting to show this pair of boots around in Vienna to see if any of the experienced shoemakers there, perhaps Materna or the elder Herr Scheer, or, if they are still receiving visitors Herrn Rosenzweig or Nagy, to see if one could identify the maker, perhaps even recognize in this boot his own work. Recent or antique, this is a boot from another era of shoemaking and another “technology”, the rarely-to-be-seen-today ancestor of the great contemporary shoemakers of Munich, Vienna and Budapest. This masterwork harkens to the days and ways of the “K.und K”, the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy. It is an historically important and still eminently wearable museum piece destined for the advanced collector.

    Size Details:

    UK 7-7,5E….US 8-8,5D……European 41-41,5D, for the mid-width foot. Overall height 44,1cm

    Shoe Condition:

    Superb, with little wear to either sole or heel.


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