I don't want to claim any expertise on these sole things. I really don't know whether your Vibram 269 soles are doing what they are supposed to do or not. If they seem defective to you, and they truly might be, I would contact White's and ask them about it. They might take care of it. You could also contact Vibram. They represent themselves as selling a premium product, so they might also want to help you out. Then you could tell us all what they told you, so we would know what the deal is with these soles.