Sorry, you're just wrong. Nobody who had mastered any craft, art, vocation, profession, or sport would ever say something like this. You don't have to feel ashamed of never having mastered anything, but you shouldn't denigrate mastery out of envy or bitterness.
I don't own any bespoke shoes, let alone have experience with making them, but I enjoy learning about them. No matter how much I learn about them from the Internet, I won't represent myself as having any expertise on them or try to educate others about them, other than referring people to threads such as this.
To summarize, you enjoy "learning about bespoke shoemaking", but you cannot understand or appreciate "learning about bespoke shoemaking" because you are not a master of "learning about bespoke shoemaking".
At the same time, it does take someone who has the ability to recognize craftsmanship when they see it--independent of ill-informed internet postings and visits to factories. Or be a curious and open-minded listener. Neither of which applies in the above instance.
Just as it takes someone who has the ability to follow a train of thought and recognize and use logic, to find fault in someone else's.
Sorry, I am not a master bespoke shoemaker so I cannot recognize craftsmanship. I also don't play basketball professionally so I cannot recognize the greatness of Michael Jordan or Stephen Curry. I am not a master violinist, so I cannot recognize the greatness of Paganini.
However, I am an inspiring troll so I immediately recognized your master trolling effort on derailing the discussion away from talking about EB/Vass/Meermin's actual issues. And now you will deflect answering questions about other hand sewn welted shoemaker's quality because you refuse to comment about other's work. Well played.
Again, Enzo Bonafe/Vass/Meermin Linea Maestro are in the manufacturing business, they have to deploy different methods to maintain margin. Not magic.
Edited by chogall - 5/7/16 at 4:00pm