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)
I thought about having a cobbler attach (not sure what you call it) one of those strips on the tongue that the laces pass through to hold the tongue in place but because these have 5 eyelets and 4 speed hooks, that "thing" would have to be sewn too low on the tongue to do much good (I wouldn't want to have to lace through this "thing" up at the level of the speed hooks each time I put on the boots.
Thanks for any suggestions or info.
The tongue is stitched to the lining.
It's not visible from outside the shoe.