Originally Posted by Steven Cash
Like I said I respect your experience and opinions and always take them on board. No criticism towards any member has ever come from my direction - I know my place.
I did however, take your statement to imply that you felt it was pretentious to own a $2k pair of shoes whilst possessing no understanding of the design or manufacture or indeed wanting to learn about the same. This was the only issue I took as I'm sure the average customer of any top end brand could not make the item themselves (or even understand how they work) and if they only sold products to those who could then there would be very few artisans left.
To use the car analogy again you used the example of believing the Ferrari mechanic but surely this is the same as believing the Ferrari salesman and buying a car for pretentious reasons an one up-manship - which may sometimes be the case.
I suppose the crux of the matter is I have bought shoes in this price bracket whilst possessing zero knowledge on the subject but I didn't feel unqualified to do so and I do not feel pretentious in wearing them much the same as any other items I own.
I have no knowledge of engine building or watchmaking either but I receive an awful amount of pleasure in owning and using them.
Pleasure and pretense are not mutually exclusive.
What is the motivation for paying four times as much for a pair of shoes as for another that fulfill the same function? If not that you understand the details and differences well enough to appreciate the differences?
What is even the motivation for seeking out
the $2k pair of shoes as opposed to the $500.00 pair of shoes unless you understand the details and differences?
Read this forum...nine times out of ten it's the box. And SF is hardly a reflection of society at large.
From there it's just a matter of degree. Those who seek better often try to learn more in order to increase their appreciatiation and pleasure...and to justify their continuing interest. But not always. For some it's just too much trouble and they'd rather depend
on the recommendations, and the work, focus and experience, of others who are
motivated by details such as techniques and objective quality. How many times do we hear "what should I get?" when the real question being asked is "what should I like?"
What makes pretense distasteful...in my personal opinion...is that there is a failure to be honest with one's own self nevermind everybody else. And that leads to disrespect and confrontation.
Example...because I have Scottish ancestry, I sometimes wear a kilt. And take great pleasure in it. In the sense that I am not a Scottish national, it is a pretense. But the saving grace is that I know
that, I openly admit it and I wear the kilt with respect and deference...esp. for people who are
And no, the Ferrari salesman is the last person you should listen to if you really want to understand and appreciate.
--Edited by DWFII - 5/16/16 at 7:05am