Thanks for the comments. Two opposing opinions... lol. On the one hand, I do tend to get unnecessarily anal over small things, but then again like gsgleason said, for $345 (actually I paid slightly less for that with the "Soles for Souls" discount), I should be completely satisfied. I should be able to make it to an AE store within the next couple weeks, so maybe I'll take them there and try to find a pair that doesn't have this problem. Any other thoughts?