zapatero, a tus zapatos

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An anecdote attributed to Apelles; When a cobbler commented on his mistakes in painting a shoe, Apelles made the corrections that very night; the next morning the cobbler noticed the changes, and proud of his effect on the artist's work began to criticize how Apelles portrayed the leg—whereupon Apelles emerged from his hiding-place to state: Ne sutor ultra crepidam—"Let the shoemaker venture no further."

Phrase[edit]

zapatero a tus zapatos

  1. (idiomatic) cobbler, stick to thy last. Used to critize someone who opines about a subject without knowing it.