I get throwing critiques out there like when the bad pics made the shoe look bad but once the a clear pic is shown with good detail and it actually looks good then credit has to be given where it is due. Not nitpick every part of it further.
I mean first people are like "those look embossed" then it is proven it isn't. Then people are like "why use that pattern", a simple design reason wasn't enough so then an SA gives out a reason that makes sense but then it is called BS. Then the tongue quality is questioned. If someone focuses a pic on it and proves its also good quality, what's next, the lining isn't made of python but calf? The eyelets aren't titanium?
And like I said, it's cool to say you prefer the python with the wider scales because you have to like the look to wear them so passing up on the shoe for that reason is fine (since liking a design/look is subjective to an extent) but to still question the tongue just because the pic has it out of focus is a bit of a reach.
I'm just having a discussion here though, I try to be neutral if I could but if I don't like the design (which is again subjective) I let people know likes Asics or those handbag turned sneakers Buscemis.
If I really have to choose, I'd pick Rick Owens over the Arenas to be honest.