Here you are:
Its interesting that you use this as an example as I have some experience in this regard. In what seems like a lifetime ago, I was a collegiate and briefly professional soccer player in England. What it took for me to get to that level given my limited talent and genetics I wont bore you with, but sufficed to say there were sacrifices. When I hear people comment on players or pass judgement on performances, in my mind I want to scream. The general public, however much they appreciate, watch or even participate in the game has no idea what it is actually like to train and compete at the professional level. None. It is an experience that cannot be inferred or observed. What it takes to do the work, for a living and with real consequence to every action, brings pressure that could not be imagined. Yes, you understand that Jordan or Messi or either Ronaldo are great players, but you cant truly understand why because you havent been in their shoes.
I am not saying you know nothing and your experiences count for nought. I actually find you very bright and insightful, and you clearly know a lot about shoes. In fact, as irritating as it is sometimes, I actually find your passion and disagreement on this subject interesting as I invariably learn something. But you havent done the work and you dont have the perspective to understand why things matter or dont. The value of that perspective is priceless and no amount of research will make up for doing the work.