Originally Posted by Frank Whiton
Are you going to get the new model of Korkers? Frank
Not for the time being. As it turns out, I already have three pairs of Korkers. I bought the first pair (1st generation) when I was at my "low weight", and the boot was tight even then. When I gained back to a more normal level (for me), I needed a larger boot, so bought their lace-boot "second generation" product line. The interchangeable soles are not interchangeable between different version lines, but that wasn't a factor, since the second pair I bought was a larger size and soles between sizes wouldn't have been interchangeable anyway.
However, I have back problems, and over time I'd come to regret buying only lace-type wading boots (as the first two pairs were), so when recently second generation BOA-laced top line Korkers Guide
boots came on sale at a heavily-discounted price (in anticipation of their new Chrome model boots being introduced), I bought a pair, which I haven't even used yet. Part of my decision was that since I already had several soles for my pre-existing second generation lace-type Korkers, I wouldn't need to buy additional interchangeable soles for these new BOA-laced boots.
However, it does sound like the new Korkers "generation three" Chrome model wading boots have apparent significant advantages over both generation two and generation one. A fuller "cover" on their felt sole interchangeable sole, for one. Also, no key required for interchanging soles, a significant advantage. And I have also heard that their great BOA lacing system has also been improved for the new Chrome boots.
Back to your original question: I'm not planning in the near future to buy a pair of Korkers' new third generational Chrome wading boots, because: (1) I want to see how well this new third generational Chrome wading boot works on interchangeable soles without a tool (Korkers has in the past over-hyped the ease of interchanging their interchangeable soles); and (2) I've got several pairs of Korkers boots that need wearing out first. However, if the BOA system works as well as I'm hoping on the discounted second-generational Korkers I just bought (& if my weight drops down to what it should be), I'll certainly buy a pair of Korkers Chromes then.
Frankly, even recognizing the high quality and kudos that Simms wading boots receives on this Forum from very knowledgeable and experienced fly-fishermen, I do not understand why any one would buy a pair of wading boot with only one pair of non-interchangeable soles when you could buy a pair of Korkers allowing unlimited interchange of sole types.