Well, yes, but I didn't think the focus of the synthetic sole commentary was on running shoes. If we are discussing quality dress shoes and boots, some with leather soles, some with Topy'd leather and some with full synthetic soles (like the kind I own, and from what I have seen of your posts, the kind you own as well) are foot problems, overwhelming stench and structural damage a likely consequence of the latter two categories (Topy and full synthetic) but not a consequence of the first? Assuming similar and normal wear (not babying them, not wading through swamps with them) between all the shoes - and proper care of shoes and feet alike? Does it make sense to anyone here that for shoes of similar quality - heck, let's say they are all from the same manufacturer - that the difference in sole choice alone could have such catastrophic consequences for the shoe and wearer alike? Because I have to say, it strikes me as a lot of puffed up nonsense. At a recent trunk show, I had a chance to chat with Dean Girling about synthetic soles. We were specifically discussing a pair of Wigmore boots with synthetic soles that I had previously purchased. I'm not going to repeat the conversation because relying on what you claim others have said when they are not here to say it for themselves is unbelievably lame (ahem). But suffice it to say that I ended the conversation even happier with my choice than when I started.