I order a pair of strands factory seconds and they just arrived today. Everything looks fine but the leather appears a bit cracked on the side. It's pretty small but noticeable. Does the leather ever chip like that after a few wears or is this only found in factory seconds? Should I return these for another one or is it ignoreable?
That should only be found on a factory second, since it surely shouldn't get past QC. That said, it looks like a small knick or gouge to me. The leather shouldn't chip, and it certainly shouldn't crack unless it is neglected for quite a long period of time. On a new pair, I'd simply guess that it was a manufactering flaw. It's up to you as to whether or not it is a deal breaker, but I'd be comfortable with the integrity of the shoe itself.