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dmspack
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"I doubt these shoes are in any way better than a $100 pair of shoes. "


of course not but that's not really the point. it's not about them being extremely durable, comfortable, cutting edge, etc. call it a status symbol if you want. getting the newest iphone every time it comes out is a status symbol too.

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"So I also find it ridiculous that someone would pay this much for a pair of shoes"


that's fine, the shoes aren't for you. they aren't marketing to you. so voicing that opinion really means very little.

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"and think it says something about their character (generally speaking of course)... that they're a pompous narcissist"


that's ridiculous stereotype that is completely unfounded.

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM. Reason : fucked up the quote my b]

5/5/2017 4:44:58 PM

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"I think the cell phone comparison is terrible. The difference between a $50 shoe and a $500 shoe is fashion and brand recognition, not actual technology.

For the record, I've paid > $400 for shoes before. But they're baller ass handcrafted cowboy boots that are comfortable as hell. I wouldn't pay that much for sneakers that I can't even buy in the correct width for my feet."


as far as technology goes, you're right...a flip phone ain't doing what an iphone is doing. i didn't spell out what i meant...but i was getting at the point that this is all, to a degree, a status symbol. getting the newest phone when it comes out instead of, say, the previous iteration of iphone, is mostly a status symbol. yeah there's some features and shit...that are new and improved. but it's like 90%+ the same damn device.

and again, saying "i wouldn't pay that much for a pair that doesn't even fit" is fine....nobody's making you buy the shoe. but y'all need to understand the shoes aren't made and marketed to/for you. there's a demographic that does want expensive sneakers and will pay for them. and they aren't all rich and they aren't all idiots or whatever insult you wanna throw their way.

this just all strikes me as "i don't like or understand this, therefore it's bad and wrong" which generally annoys me.

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 4:52 PM. Reason : d]

5/5/2017 4:51:28 PM

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judging someone as a pompous narcissist over the shoes that they buy/wear is ridiculous

most people have things that they love and are willing to spend more money on

5/5/2017 5:13:47 PM

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status symbols are for insecure people trying to compensate, or for kids that are duped into thinking they need to spend lots of money to be cool or good at basketball (yes, this is a gross over-generalization, and an opinion) but it's their right to blow their money and make corporations richer. Is child labor involved?

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 5:28 PM. Reason : ]

5/5/2017 5:26:22 PM

thegoodlife3
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I'm going to assume that you shop only at thrift stores and never buy anything that makes you happy

because holy fuck

5/5/2017 5:39:52 PM

dmspack
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"status symbols are for insecure people trying to compensate"


but the problem with that kind of thinking is that almost EVERYTHING is a status symbol of some kind if you perceive it that way. high end suit, nice car, expensive shoes, bigger tv, whatever. it's just that we all tend to understand the desire to have a nice car, newest phone, bigger tv, etc. we (mostly white dudes in 30s-40s) don't understand the shoe thing. most of us here don't relate to it or have interest in it.

you're attaching too much of a negative connotation to "status symbol". it's just signalling. you're wearing something, in part, to convey a message about yourself to the outside world. the message doesn't have to be "i am rich" or something negative. or maybe you just like the shoes so you bought them.

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 5:59 PM. Reason : f]

5/5/2017 5:58:26 PM

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