Re: On the wading boot horizon?
I am about as slow to change as anyone you may ever meet when it comes to fishing gear. However I began to see the beauty of rubber and studs by the mid 1990's. I lived in the North East back then and fished throughout the winter and as anyone who has walked on snow with felt sole boots has learned they were not the way to go in winter. I quickly learned that the rubber cleated Henry's Fork boot by Orvis that I was using then was equally good at avoiding being saturated with mud and muck from the shore lines of our spring creeks and rivers also. Overall I found that once I had tried the rubber with cleats I was not likely to go back to felts and have not.
Currently I use a pair of wading boots that have interchangeable sloes so I can use a plain rubber sole on them when in our boat or on one of the rafts that we use for fishing trips. But as for missing felt or feeling that the rubber / cleats option is not as sturdy I have no regrets. The 'Clingon' rubber offered by Korkers brand seems to be good enough to keep me walking around streams and rivers here in AK. and they will probably serve you well wherever you are at. They dry fast and carry very little in the way of debris or sediment away from whatever stream you have been fishing and so won't take much along to the next.