^^ It's a shame that the 269 has gone bad for some guys. I really like the way it looks -- the thin black line in the heel, etc, and also I feel like it's pretty comfy to walk on and works well on nearly all surfaces in my experience (except packed snow or ice, which I rarely get in DC). For what it's worth, I have worn mine (on BH's) for over a year and a half with no problems. Just now they are getting an expected wear mark on each sole right at the ball of my foot; nothing unusual. I expect them to last at least another year or two, maybe more.
So perhaps the problems are not endemic to the 269 but was rather a certain batch or era..? Those of you who are on the Viberg board might remember a similar thing with a batch of Itshide soles..
Could you share some pictures of the 269?
I'm thinking that also some boots with the 269 are being over worked, and the user should have chosen a more serious work sole. I'm also planning on using them in a dry climate, and mostly for walking so I'm thinking I shouldn't have the issues others have had.
Illrd Icon, hasn't had a resole in years, and I'm thinking he is right about screwing up his boots when they do get resoled. Another reason I liked the 269 is it is pretty thick and solid sole, without the nubs and seems like it would have a long life. If I can get by with only heal repairs that would be great.