I agree, I got the same boots (basically) from jcrew during their pre-holiday 30% off deal. Mine ended up being $352 which seemed like a pretty good deal. They are comfortable and look pretty good at work ( I can dress casual all day long....). I haven't had the tongue issue although I don't pay much attention once I put them on....
here we go, my first indy's. extremely comfortable to wear throughout the day. i was able to get a good deal on these from TBS, see below.
one issue with these is the tongue tends to slide slightly (shoe on the left). this can be remedy by not tightening the laces too much. very happy with this purchase and the compliments that I've received.