I agree about the lug soles on most boots, I'm not a big fan either.
I currently have a pair of Danner Pronghorn and a pair of Irish Setter Wingshooters.
The Danners have better support than the Wingshooters but the Wingshooters are all leather, therefore much better around cactus.
I've developed a slight foot issue on my left foot so I'm thinking the Merrells would give me the support and they are all leather.
I also know they are lightweight. - the soles are not too aggressive:
"Count that day lost whose low, descending sun
Is not, in part, obscured by powder from my gun"