Originally Posted by KingOfTheForum
I doubt that it's poor workmanship. If you bought seconds, then you know what the problem was. If you didn't, then it's possible that you bought a pair that had been tried on in the store.
They are firsts and had no signs of wear. I didn't notice until I got them home. Considering so many people have the same issue with AE, seems to be an AE problem.