Hi all - finally found a black city ('07 3 leather) that was gorgeous when I tried it on (others I have seen IRL were 06 dry, greyish and veiny and no pizzazz - was almost going to give up on black city) and the handles are very comfortable and the bag felt quite natural on me. Sold!!! But I am worried now because there are some parts that are the shiny/crackly/almost sparkly - not all over, just in some areas. The bag overall is a beauty and pics look like '05 leather (im still a newbie and can't figure out how to post pics small enough for TPF). Is this just dryness? Newness? Does it soften and become 'chewy' or what? Will the sparkly/crackly areas actually peel and crack? Based on what I have read here, seems like this is an undesirable trait but I think it is what is making this particular bag sizzling hot! Any opinions?