Yes. Current production leather earpads from Audeze, as same as their previous ones from 2015-2016, are much softer. That is the reason why I am currently listening with my LCD-XC, waiting for my package with original Audeze earpads, so I could be able to wear my LCD-2 comfortable once again.
EDIT: New pads from Audeze arrived. Dekoni were blown out of the water - day and night difference in comfort. I can now use my LCD-2 few hours straight without fatigue.