Personally, I think a shoe's sole speaks volumes about the shoe's designer, maker and construction. How many times have you seen a shoe that appeals to your eye only to flip it over and see what looks to be an inferior looking sole? I have this habit of picking up a pair of shoes and immediately flipping it over to inspect the sole. Probably why I don't buy used shoes anymore. Even when I receive a pair of shoes in the mail I take them out of the box, and flip them over to inspect the soles. Some may reason, well, the sole is the part that touches the ground and gets the most abuse so I don't see why it's that important. I couldn't agree more. The other day I took off a pair of shoes and inspected the sole. I saw something that got me thinking. What do you see here? Can you see something indicative of a more recent trend when it comes to footwear-specifically shoe soles? For comparison, the shoe on the left is EG and the shoe on the right is Carmina. The EGs I've had for over two years, the Carminas for about a year but they have seen more wear than the EGs. What can you tell from the pics?