I find oxfords are far more comfortable, and primarily for this reason, I have not ordered a pair of closed laced boots to date and have no plans to do so. There are other boot options that do double duty better (foul weather or no) in my opinion, e.g. Chelsea, Galway, and Chukka boots. Some may disagree.
I think your perspective on such boots is right-neither fish nor fowl. I respect that some like them, however.