You definitely got ripped off. Where did you buy them? Wolverine doesn't sell seconds directly. Allen Edmonds made the 721 and 744 for Wolverine, and AE does sell seconds (along with seconds of their own product line) but AE sell them at $399. I have seen some 744 "seconds" on eBay that have some serious cut on the upper leather, some with holes and some even have the tongue cut into two pieces. These definitely don't meet even the standard seconds, and they got sold on eBay for obvious reason. They are so bad that AE rejected them to even sell them as seconds.