It doesn't seem to look any cheaper. What's nice about the bend is that it sticks out further from the machine and doesn't hug the cabinet as much. I suspect that will be less potential damage to the cabinet from the leg rubbing on it.
Here's Patrick Powers' reply when I emailed him about the bent legs:
"The legs haven’t changed in awhile. You will notice a little separation between the cabinet and the leg but that is caused by the cabinet protector mounted to the cabinet."
I received the replacement from Stern today, and that leg is bent as well. Here's some pictures comparing the leg they sent, next to "non-bent" legs:
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