Thank's for the article. It seems mid-hight boots are a compromise noone (serious) is going for. It's either UL or traditional.
But one thing caught my eye, about the leather. I'm not on the same line as you. I've been using a couple of Meindl leather boots as well as a pair of Haix suede boots for a long time. Now, the Haix are good boots in my opinion, designed for military use they're supportive, stable yet at the same time runner/charge friendly, weight is 1500 grams a pair. The Meindl boots on the other hand don't belong here at all, weighing in at 1965 grams a pair.
Well, onto the point. Yes, the leather dries with use. BUT, it's a organic fabric (?)(at least in my opinion, I'm no organic expert). You have to treat it. If you wax it before and after every use it will last a loong time, my Meindls are coming up on 10+ years now (!). I'd say the rubber, inserts and, every part of the shoe, will fail before the cared for leather.
Obviously, I can't use these boots longer, the Meindl's would be 1/4 of my skinout. :D They do however still come along on fall/winter scout camps - where they even out the odds between me and the young scouts in running games, hard workout. :)