The old ones, seen at the bottom here, were in dire need of being replaced. The top layer was breaking off, leaving specs of black all over my face whenever I wore these headphones. Quite irritating. The replacements pads are from Singapore and, as far as I can tell, not official. They do, however, fit quite nicely.
They’re quite soft, though the originals feel softer. I think this is more due to the age of the pads though. They’re comfortable to wear (I’ve been wearing them for several hours now, and am not bothered by them) and look pretty much as they should. The headphones almost look like new again.
I’m still waiting for my replacement headband (coming in from China, a generic one as I couldn’t find one specifically for this headphone), after which these cans should be all ready again for use as my main office headphones.