I don't think they are seconds.
But it is weird that the left tongue slip to the right side, normally it should slip to the left.
(yeah I know it is weird to say the words above, but it is Alden Indy boots.....)
I heard that a cobbler can stitch one side of the tongue to the vamp, so it can stay in place.
To be honest, I recommend you not to do close inspection on the Indy boots, it has the worst finishes among my Alden collection. (I don't know the shell version is any better, but at least the CXL of mine is like that)
Thanks, hkpm. Your input and observation about your Indy boots is good info for me.