Finally!! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with a high instep, somewhat wide feet EEE and a slight sensitivity for too much tongue (ahhhhh...... that didn't quite come out the way I intended it).
I always found running style/cross training shoes uncomfortable until I found New Balance. I was wearing 600 series, now 445's. Then when my local store stopped carrying them I switched to Sketchers and found them a bit more comfortable.
Regarding boots, I have had limited success with Timberland and Wolverine. Not much with anything else as retailers and manufacturers don't seem or want to carry wide widths in boots. Either the tongues are stitched a bit too snug and my foot jambs in the boot at the instep, it's too narrow at the front or the instep feels like it was made for people with flat feet. Some others have so much tongue it presses down on the bones on the top outside of my foot making it painful as the day progressses, unless I adjust the tongue.
I got an short and tall pair of Lowa boots last year. Had to add gel heels and added arch support for a bit more comfort after a bout with plantar fasciitis. Odd since I've been walking most of my life, in bare feet or in shoes with limited or no arch support. Anyway, I'm pleased with their lightness and fit.
So who else makes a good pair of light weight hiking/trekking boots, and insulated winter boots (I also have to work outside and go to work), other than those cited above?