Though I almost always would rather have leather, soles never really affect my comfort much one way or the other. The one thing thats piqued my interest is the Dainite Ridgeway sole. It seems like it would provide a bit more comfort than the the studded Dainite.
The ONE sole I think is outright TERRIBLE is what AE put on the Thousand Oaks. The same, or similar, is on my grey Long Branch's, and its the worst. Still love the boots enough to endure them.
You just love getting that Ridgeway into every conversation - your a true FBW....
I find it rather odd you say that about the Long Branch - I'm 100% on board with you. I never wanted to admit to that until now. It's like the weirdest thing, I'll get anything with the mini-lug almost immediately but one of the soles I hate the most is that lug from the Long Branch. I know tons of people here absolutely love it (and even recraft to get it) so I thought I was just some kind of weirdo.
Went by the store again tonight to look at the Neumok 2.0 - I'm torturing myself at this point trying to convince myself it's good and that I need it, but I'm just not there yet. I called the lack of contrast stitching before you but you hit the nail on the head about the black, particularly its similarity to the black McTavish (which to me isn't a good thing). Most annoyingly the color I like most for casual is red, and I really dislike the red here.