It looks like a good time to recycle a post I just made elsewhere about the boots I now prefer...
I went with the Korkers this spring after wearing out both Chota and Simms Guide boots.
My predicament is that my feet morph during the course of a day’s fishing. Those dogs of mine can swell up and go back down to normal and back several times during a long day on the river. The new Korker Chrome boots have a very slick lacing system that I think was derived from downhill ski boots. They use stainless steel cables to lace the boots and a knob/button gizmo for adjusting the tension on the laces. I just reach down and either pull the knob out to loosen the laces or turn the knob to tighten them. Their Boa lacing system is a great adaptation for wading boots and is a system that is guarenteed for the life of the product it is used on. It sure seems better than swapping out broken Chota laces all season.
The material the boots are made of is the same stuff heavy-duty inflatable rafts are made of. That makes them durable, non-shrinking (Very much unlike my Chota STL's and Simms Guide boots), very light weight and allows them to dry very quickly. That's a good feature if you worry about spreading invasives to your watersheds. The Simms and Chota's were very comfortable once you got them soaked, until you did they were total torture devices! The Chrome's don't need a presoak to make them fit or comfortable.
The fit is just about perfect and the overall support is best in class.
The generation 3 sole mounting system seems quite adequate. Besides have a large tab in front to lock the toe area in and a strong rubber strap to lock the heel area in, the soles have ridges around the outer perimeter that snap into receptors on the boot itself. To lose a sole on these would have to involve operator error in my opinion.
Some models come with two soles as seen here: Fishing Wading Boot | Chrome | Korkers
The rubber Klingon soles are great for walking to a river for traction and to save wear and tear on the felt (studded or not) I usually use on the river. Having the ability to allow soles to dry out while using other soles again helps keep stuff like rock snot from spreading.
The Chromes ain't your Grandpas wading boots and are light years ahead of most other boots I've looked at lately including Korkers earlier offerings