I've had several satisfactory purchases of AE factory seconds from shoebank.com. Recently I scored a pair of grey Daltons for $200, which is an awesome price, but they turn out to be structurally defective - the left shoe's eyestays are uneven, making the shoelaces appear lopsided (see pics below).
Give the great price, I am leaning towards keeping them, and hoping that they won't cause foot problems or break down faster down the road. The shoes fit well and aren't uncomfortable. If that a recommended course of action?
I don't think it will cause you any foot problems however if the look bothers you that much you should return it.
This happens with many of my bluchers, not just my AEs. In my case, I think it's exacerbated by the fact that I like to lace my shoes pretty tightly. The unevenness used to bother me, but now I just live with it, and don't even really notice it.