On several pairs of shoes I own, I get an ugly billowing near my ankle, as seen below.
Is this simply the result of the shoe being too long for me? Unfortunately I seem to be between sizes - 8.5's in most manufacturers run very tight on me, particularly in the toe box, but are good in length. 9's are usually a touch long but the wider toe box makes them more comfortable. (I just tighten the laces firmly and the shoe won't feel too long for me).
If I press my toes downward in the front shoe it temporarily gets rid of the crease, but then springs right back.
Anything I can do to fix this? Should I go with 8.5's instead and try to stretch the shoes?
That should not be happening. I have no shoes from any maker that do that, and I wouldn't wear them if they did. Return them. AE has always had great CS.