Originally Posted by Munky
Yes, I knew what I was buying and never, for one minute, thought that I was buying the real thing. I don't think that I was being critical of the manufacturer. I was just attempting to tease out a reflection on your point that you are not keen on faux dressings to the tops of shoes.
No offence meant!
Who are you addressing this to?
I have a particular antipathy to pretense...in all its forms. I have an antipathy to manufacturers of any product that pretends to be something it is not. If it's not pretense then why the almost desperate attempts to look like what it isn't
pretending to be? Why the shameful attempts to characterize a product as the best of the best or the "finest quality...for the discerning few" when it objectively is not. (And the makers tacitly acknowledge that fact, simply by changing their materials and techniques when catering to the real
If deception required cooperation to be deceived no one would be deceived more than once. Better, no one could deceive themselves.
I have an antipathy to people who pretend to be what they are not...even people
they are not. I thought your remarks were addressed to me but apparently not. Or at least not in the minds of some...
[oh, and BTW, I took no offense, either...although I would reserve the right...despite pathetic and unrelenting third party attempts to co-opt it...to express that for myself.]
I have an antipathy for people who think their opinions are so important that they just have to share them whether asked or not, whether relevant or not, whether they know anything about the subject or not.
Do you think your faux lizard shoes would have been less comfortable if they presented the appearance of the native cowhide they are made of? Would they have been less comfortable if you had seen the scars or the discolouration that the print may have been hiding?
You said people buy faux lizard prints because they are fun. But if fun is the issue why don't chrome finish shoes enjoy a great following here and abroad? Why don't leathers that are plaid or that look like the are covered with leaves enjoy greater popularity? Everybody likes to have fun!
All other things being equal, would your shoes have been less
"fun" if they had been real
Finally, I don't know why your faux lizard shoes feel so good to you. Given that shoes of such better quality that you feel the need to mention them don't feel so good, I'd say it has a lot to do with your feet--the tightness or looseness of the ligaments, the bone structure, body fat, age, lack of support or proper fit now and in the past when your feet were "setting" into their adult configurations. Who knows? Some people can never be comfortable no matter what they wear. I wouldn't be surprised if your feet actually feel the best swaddled in foam rubber and nylon.
But all of these discussions come back to ignorance and denial. I've seen, and confronted it in discussion after discussion from GY construction to the perils of buying used shoes. 30-40 years ago you could have canvassed a broad section of the population about smoking cigarettes and almost 90% of the respondents would have said something along the lines of "Hell, I been smoking all my life and I ain't got cancer yet."
Again...just my opinions/ biases and druthers and I'm not so wrapped up in pretense that I cannot qualify my remarks as such.
--Edited by DWFII - 12/10/13 at 3:54pm