I'm more of a fan of conditioning with Bick 4 than Huberds. It doesn't darken the leather at all and no leftover campfire smell. I've used it on anything from my White's to my dress shoes. It works great for me.
It appears to be totally a matter of opinion, because with the semi dress casual boot I like the flat wax laces. For a work boot I like leather, but not for casual.I guess on here it will depend in who's opinion you value. 😁👍 Either way, you win with a nice boot!
The tongue on my brown oil tan farmer ranchers was digging in pretty good for me at first. I just simply loosened up on the the laces until the tongue was broken in and that helped me a lot. Now I can tie them as snug as I want.This is how I fold my tongue as well. It doesn't sit on the outside ankle bone as much.