And the great shoe creator in the sky said, "Thou art Ashton and thus thou will have the overlapping indentation on thy apron all of the days of your life." And verily it has always been so to this day.
Seriously, its just the way the shoe is made and it has been present to one degree or another since the shoe was created, as seen on my pair. (The lighting covers it somewaht) I just view it as part of the shoe's personality and I do not know if anything can "fix" it because it is just the way it is.
Really? Did you by them like that? I've never seen that before and I even have another pair to compare it against. The leather in that area also feels rougher which made me think water damage
That is the way they came from AE. I have one other pair at home and they are the same way. Hey, I just thought that is the way they look, but feel free to send them back if it bothers you.