I got them new this x-mas and put 40 street miles on them before I hiked in them. The first time I tied them tight the glue on the toe protector started to fail. Then after I had about 40 trail miles on them the rubber started to come off the bottom. This can't be normal ware and tare. I have never done anything extreem with them. I will try to return them to EMS tommrow. They better take it. They also give my heels blisters everytime I hike in them. Never when I was breaking them in.
EMS let me exchange them and the are holding up so far. Now only my right heel gets blisters.
Great boots for me. Fit is well for wider feet. I am a EE width and can wear these boots just fine. Hiked in them all season this year and durability has not been an issue. Would recommend them as a lightweight hiker! I added the image, also.