In a cellar outside Copenhagen, you can locate The Danish Shoe Museum, if you are persistent. The museum tells about a lost epoch, when shoemaking by hand and goodyear welting were established trades in Denmark.
Shoemaker Kenneth Elsgaard showed me around last weekend.
The museum has physicist Niels Bohr’s black shoes on display, and boots from Danish kings. However, Lauritz Melchior’s brown safari boots captured me the most. They were made in the late 1940s before a trip to Africa. They are designed exactly like you imagine a pair of boots should be designed, when the greatest Heldentenor of his (all?) time is the customer.
Listen to a venerable Lauritz Melchior recording, in which he sings the role of Wagner’s Siegfried:
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