Perhaps not these boots specifically, but wading boots in general. i just got a pair of Simms last week with the Aluminum cleats. I took them out fishing for the first time this Saturday. If anyone is still on the fence with a boot purchase, I say just do it.
On the river I have been fishing there is a small island. With the water level being lower than usual this year, the water to the left of the island is barely moving so it builds up a lot of slick. When I am finished for the day and making my way back to the car I have to pass over this body of water, or continue on up and cross over the rough water. Just above the fork it is fast moving and shallow.
Until this weekend all I had was my tennis shoes. This made the crossing rather difficult since it was like walking on axle grease. Literally 10 minutes to cross this 20-25 feet of water. Weeeeell- not any more!
Saturday morning I put the cleats on the new boots and headed for the water. I will say at the start that i was not doing any hopping jumping or running. I couldn't get these suckers to slip for the life of me. I walked through cautiously the first time, but by the end of the trip I was hitting the really slick stuff at dry sidewalk speed. It is true that I am real easily amused at times, so as I was leaving I walked back and forth in the slimy section a few times trying to find a rock shape that would reduce traction. I couldn't find anything to slip on!
I will also admit that I weigh 250 lbs at the moment so that much weight concentrated on those 7 cleats may be a little advantageous, but i doubt it matters too much
So in summary, the price tag is no little thing. But after the first use I am about as happy as the proverbial pig in poop!