I tried warning you guys.
It is defective, that's why they put the holes there.
They don't want sneaky people going to Nordstroms or Zappos and buying a pair of First Quality boots and then returning their defective boots and the return department will be none the wiser.
That's why they blatantly make holes in visible places so not to mix them up with their irregular factory seconds...
Just received my 9105 from STP. Ordered two sizes since I wasn't sure what to go with. IMO the defects weren't bad at all. The left boot of each pair had some minor scuffing or scoring.
For $96 these don't really bother me because I'm going to beat the boots to shit anyway.