I have no issues with my ankles at all. These boots do not interfear with my ankle, hinder my ankle, nor do I even notice the boot doing so, when I am riding.
I do not think that our winter boots will change in any manner *relaxing around ankles* because they are not leather. They are made of that material that will remain as they come.
They are absolutely wonderful boots, no question from me - I will use no other brand of boot. I even have 2 pairs of their "Summer" boots. The High Rider II's and High Rider's.....or something like that.