Originally Posted by ecwy
If you think I am getting affected by what you say, the answer is no because I simply don't pay too much attention to things people might say on an internet forum. I spend most of my time here posting photos of shoes because I both enjoy shoes and taking pictures.
I get where you are coming from but I think you imply many things about my statement which is only something you perceive and not anything I meant or even said. I prefer to take words at face value. Your perspective is yours and we can certainly disagree and we can walk away respecting each other views. However, there is clearly a cultural difference in the way people interpret things. You might not accept that as a fact but please do not impose your views about superficiality and changing subjects on my statement.
I would like to point out AGAIN that I was not the one who brought up the issue with the shoe expert quote. If more than 1 person had an issue with that phrase, is it a problem with me or how it was put across?
By the way, I would like to ask for your opinion on the toe spring of the shoes presented. It looks to me... uncomfortable.
Well, I'll say it up front--I am an expert
--on shoemaking and shoemaking techniques and shoemaking materials and even on feet and how shoes should fit. Notice I said "an
expert." I didn't say my words were written in stone. I'm not the only expert on these things that posts to this forum (although there are far fewer than people want to believe) I have never even suggested that I am a master shoemaker.
So what makes me an expert? Objective experience. Hands-on experience. First hand experience (as opposed to hearsay or third party, through the grapevine experience, or conjectural, wished-for experience.
Dealing with many different feet and all the possible ramifications and variations of feet and leather and engineering that 45 years of experience affords.
A person may have a lifetime of experience with his own feet. And may even develop some marked preferences. But that doesn't make him an expert in anything but his own druthers.
A person can prefer a particular fit...and who can argue with his preferences? But that doesn't make him an expert on fit. It doesn't even mean that he's correctly fit or even particularly well fit.
As far as imposing a viewpoint...there are no shoe police. Take the words of an expert in shoemaking techniques and fit for what they are worth--learn from them or don't. You didn't pay anything...you're out nothing. No one can impose anything on you that you don't want to have imposed.
That said, when a person who has no
first hand experience making shoes, tries to tell someone who has 45 years of it what is what, that seems to me a deliberate attempt to impose an opinion--an uninformed, possibly arrogant and belligerent opinion. It's presumptuous, it's inauthentic and it's posing.
If only because the person expressing it has not earned it.
Again, this is not aimed at you specifically, or anyone else...it is simply the residue of all the trolls and poseurs think their passing pipe dreams are just as valid as decades of blood, sweat and tears.edited for punctuation and clarityEdited by DWFII - 4/19/16 at 11:43am