Yep. On the 73s there's small portions separating from the leather and bigger portions separating the from the midsole. I had to use contact cement once already which was a pain, and it looks like I'll have to do it again. I think this was a problem for a lot of the old models. All three of my boots are from 2011. Whympers and 73s purchased as new old stock. This is interesting. The lug/commando soles are just glued on. I feel kinda cheated. I wear my boots pretty damn hard and the reason I bought more visvims was because the Virgils took pretty much everything I could throw at them and are still going strong. It is unfortunate that my more recent purchases haven't held up to that.