I've been through more boot foot waders than I can remember, always end up with a seam leak somewhere near the boot. May not be the wader to boot seam, might be a little further up the leg but it's a stress point that hinges on the more solid boot than the wader material is. I bought them for ease of getting in and out of. But finally as I bought more expensive waders and had the same result just maybe an extra year or two down the road, decided to go stocking foot. I bought just breathables from Bass Pro last year, I think they were maybe $150. And I bought Redington boots. The first thing I noticed is the stocking foot goes on easy enough, my foot slides right in. But the stability factor in the boot is the biggest factor and I can walk a path or road as if in hiking boots instead clunking my way along in the boot foot wader. I wish I had gotten felt soles in a way, I got suction soles. Felt soles have been banned in Maine to sell but I live in Ma and bought in Ma. There is no ban in Maine to use what you have but I thought I would do the supposed right thing. Well I just have to be careful how I set my foot down in Maine's slippery rock bottom rivers, it takes a second for the suction sole to grip where felt it immediate. All in all I'm pleased though, just carry a stick, I'm at an age now where I need the stick anyway. Around home most of our ponds are gravel or even sand bottom, here the boots are better than felt imo. And the boots I bought are better on banking terrain and paths etc. so I guess the best compromise is what I got ..
I also went through the material problem Hodgman had, they replaced them twice, the second time they upgraded me to a more expensive pair no charge. Those lasted well but eventually that material gave out too and water just started wicking through the wall, still fair enough I got ten years from them. The leaks came to be Enough to get wet pant legs but not fill the wader leg. Their customer service is great though, still I decided to move on.
I want to say the boots I got are Redington Skagit River, their out in the car, if I think of it I'll look and post back. Very comfortable anyway.