1) The leather around my right ankle has gotten very soft, creating a unnatural space in that area. As a result, my right ankle is extremely loose when I walk which is very unconfortable. See the photos and the video above. I think this is dangerous, because my foot is not stable which can cause a sprained ankle.
I have this going on in my AE double monks and brogues. I'd not say it has to do with the size, as then I'd surely have this going on on the majority of the shoes I own. Instead I've come to the following conclusions on my shoes. Might apply to yours as well...
1. Last on heel should be 1 size smaller for an optional fit. Unfortunately these are not Aldens which would have a different width in the heel than they have on the ball.
2. Leather is soft and construction is not as robust as on other shoes I have.
3. Instep problem. You have a low instep and if the shoes you have are on the HIRO last, you need tongue pads. The HIRO is not the best option for low instep feet (exactly what I have going on on the AE Neumora which is on the 3-333 last despite the width being correct).