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Because you made it personal when you implied that I was somehow ingnorant of the quality of bespoke shoes and thus some sort of 'igent' simply because I purchase RTW shoes. It's an insulting statement. And you know perfectly well that you intended it as such. Your 'coy' response as to why I am 'taking it personally' is clearly just your way of 'baiting' the situation. I've read many of your posts on here and your mode of operation is not unknown to me.
As for the thread you mention it actually completely illustrates my point. In that nobody, including the many bespoke shoe experts on SF, was able to indentify a single bespoke maker in my region that could produce a quality bespoke dress shoe for anything remotely near $1000 dollars. Yes, many breezed through and implied that I surely was ignorant because I hadn't scared anyone up. But nobody coughed up any makers that were accessible to me without adding on thousands of dollars in travel costs. Reread the thread - you'll not find a single valid resource for someone living in the SE US.
The simple truth is that the vast majority of the world does not have ready access to bespoke footwear. Those of you who do are quite fortunate, but that geographical advantage does not render the rest of the world to be ingnorant 'igents'.
Too bad you aren't as willing to share your footwear with the world as I am. Perhaps if you weren't so jealous with your knowledge and resources you could contribute something of merit to this conversation. Again - shoe pics and detailed descriptions of what makes them superior please or GTFO.
I'm new and I don't have much experience in regards to footwear, but I didn't come here because I knew what I was doing. I came here to learn. I have enjoyed reading some of your very detailed posts GDOT.
In regards to posting PICs, seeing what others have chosen and why is all a part of the fun of a forum such as this. Doesn't mean I will chose the same, but it doesn't hurt to look. Looking and being aware of what is out there just helps me get a better idea of what choices I actually have.
Edited by dddrees - 9/3/12 at 11:42am