I don't think they were defective at all. Just not durable enough. I'm pretty hard on boots from riding, constant strapping in, and plenty of hiking and hanging out mixed in.
17 Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro . 17 Korua Apollo . 17 Lib x Lost Mayhem Short Fat . 16 Never Summer Swift . 14 TJ Brand Retro Fish
17 Burton Malavita Wing . 16 Burton Genesis X
16 Flow Talon