This post sort of tells the rest of the boot story, and why I'm in the market for more.
I wore a pair of vintage Brogue boots yesterday, they are a late 1990's version and they were much more comfortable for the long creek hike I put in than the 2 year old Korker boots I have.
I should have written this in original content: Although I may purchase another Korker product the pair I currently own has a malady. The right boot is self destructing, interestingly enough a forum member who visited here and fished with me this summer has the same boot with the same 'right foot' problem.
I contacted Korkers customer service and did my best to be completely honest; I confessed that the boots were over a year old (about 14 months at the time of call) but I pressed the point that I use a river boat to get to where I fish and have not worn the boots for hiking creeks. I described the overall condition of the left shoe as like new and the right as coming apart and extremely uncomfortable on the foot. I also told the fellow that I had purchased every sole that was sold for the boot in question and if they were not interchangeable with the 'new' boot it would be a problem.
The rep on the phone told me that since the boot was over 12 months old they would not be covered by warranty but I could send them back if I wanted. I felt as if my reporting on the boots was in doubt and was reluctant to pay 18.00 to mail them in with no indication that the company would be stepping up on the product. Yes they are over 12 months but yes I do ride in a boat and wade only a hundred yards in either direction prior to moving the boat so.................... That's why I was looking at Simms and Orvis for a new boot.
As I said before thanks to all of you for giving me all this feedback on your chosen wading boot. It will go a long way in my decision on a new pair.
I have the older Korkers guide model. I've been really happy with the comfort and fit. The boa laces really work well in the winter when regular laces freeze. My only complaint has been with the studded sticky rubber soles. Because of the size of the studs, the sides of the sole tends to come out of the groove. The other soles seem fine and I don't think it will be a problem with the new design.
The soles have only fallen off once (one foot only) when I was kind of stuck in some middle river goo.
Mike also carries the Korkers if you wanted to shop closer to home. (probably has the Simms also)
I have a pair of Orvis boots with rubber and metal studs. I also have a pair of Patagonia Riverwalkers with rubber only. The Patagonia boots are exceptional, yet very light. The Orvis boots are standing by as backups, but have not been used in three years. I can't say enough about the quality and comfort of the Patagonia product. I use them everywhere, including salt water (surf fishing). There's no metal to corrode, and they still look like the day I bought them, despite some serious use in the Sierras and elsewhere.
I originally purchaed a pair of Cabela's Ultralights and really liked them. The price was right but they started to come apart at the seams. I took them back to Cabela's and they gave me another pair and the same thing happened so I returned them and used the credit to purchase the Simms Rivershed which I posted that I love. I think the Savage River that I fish a lot in is just a tough, rocky, slippery river with lots of ways to get your boots stuck and twisted. I think I just needed a tough boot to meet the conditions. Other than that, the Cabela's boots were comfortable and for general river or creed wading would work fine.
"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience...because only in the woods can I find solitude without lonliness..." Robert Traver 1964 (Judge John Voelker)
yes yes I know these are pretty old, but so am I...... The Orvis boots I scored at the shop back in the day were the "Battenkill Wading Brogues". Yeah, pretty much a lame name, but a darn fine fitting boot,felt and all. Too bad I wore the bajezzus out of them and they lasted about 6 months. I ended up with a studded pair of Weinbrenner or "Borger" boots- the classic choice. FWIW back then Danner made a fine pair as well...