As far as paint chipping, ffs it's snowboarding, not ballet. If you are more worried about how you look then how you ride then you likely buy your shit from Zumiez.
Not saying I am more worried about how I look than how I ride. What I am saying is that I spent a lot of money on my bindings, I have used them 3 times...on a bunny hill. NO reason for them to be chipping already. I think for what we spend on gear we should be able to expect it to ride well AND look good for more than 5 minutes. I don't think that is too much to ask.
Also...I did ballet for 10 years, and no serious ballerina cares more about looks than function. In ballet you buy a pair of expensive new toe shoes...and then you proceed to beat the hell out of them, burn them, rip them just to make them more functional on your feet. So you should not compare things you know nothing about.