I will say one thing BBS sizing is inconsistent. I only pairs in M, L and XL. The waist is meant to be a little loose hence the drawstring. But if you say the ankles are tight then either you just don't like the design intent or ypu jave freakishly large ankles. they're meant to be very tapered. I've never found my size 44 feet having a hard time find their way in there even in pants that I returned for being too small.