Actually the velour pads on the X1 (or almost every other headphones with velour) will last quite a while if you know how to take take care of them. For one, they're not gonna go unusable in just a year like most pleather pads would.
1) Don't wear them if you're sweating or your hair is wet, this is pretty much duh.
2) If you want to wipe the dust off the pads, use a lint roller.
3) Don't try and peel a speck of dust off with your nail, USE a lint roller!
Really, I've got a HD555 from nearly 5 years ago and the velour pads on them are still fine. No tearings, no holes.