I use Smith Phenom goggles. If I'm not mistaken, they are a 2007 mode. They're my second goggles and at first, the Phenom was annoying in that there appeared to be glare everywhere (Sensor Mirror). It took about a day to get used to it and I don't notice any issues now. In fact I prefer them compared to my old pair now. So I say that it was a matter of preference. I never had any issue with the foam personally, but I've seen a few people talking about Smith foam peeling off and being 'sloppy'. Maybe you got a lemon?
One thing I'll add though is on my pair, the foam is soft (came like that). They are extremely comfortable, however.