Originally Posted by DWFII
Where is arrogance? I would suggest that the very definition of arrogance is ignorance that refuses to learn. Especially when presented with the opportunity.
Your opinions have overall been treated with a lot of good will, respect and interest. Moreover, very early on you were effective in demonstrating that what many English speaking buyers think of as the apex shoes of RTW have certain attributes invisible to the buyer that represent quality inconsistent with what is shown in the visible parts of the shoe.
In addition, many sympathize with your feeling that the asymmetry of quality between what is visible and what is not in these shoes represents a kind of aesthetic compromise or even dishonesty that falls short of what we would hope to be ideal. Others, however, do not care, and are unable to muster that much energy of thought and feeling about shoes at this intricate level of analysis.
That being said, there are many well turned out guys who wear RTW Lobbs, EGs, Westons, Aldens, etc. who are neither crippled nor impoverished by the experience. Nor do I think it is conclusive that the Vass wearer is sitting pretty in the way that the Lobb Prestige wearer is not.