I bought several pair of Hodgman cheaper breathable waders. They kept leaking I would buy another pair. Went in Davidson River Fly shop ( don't work for them, not frequent customer). I was fishing, it was cold, I was wet. thankfully I had spare clothing. I went to buy cheap and the young guy said, "You fish a lot, why keep buying cheap?"
I am really hard on shoes and clothing.
They guy talked me in to buying expensive Patagonia stocking foot waders. They have a weird suspender system. I did not like it. I learned to love it. They are over twenty years old. They have outlasted four pair of shoes. For the last three years I have been using a Simms shoe I bought in Columbus, MT when my Field and Stream shoes failed.
I hung on two pair of the Hodgman waders. I always figured that I would find all the leaks and repair the missing flaked off silver linings. At a fly fishing meeting I told the story. A guy said Hodgman had a problem and that they made good on a lot of waders. I sent these old waders back to Coleman and the replaced them. I have told many people about the great customer service. I use the Hodgman when it is real brushy. I keep a set with my emergency fishing equipment in my Jeep.
Go to a shop and try them. Go to TU of FFI and ask, or here. Borrow a pair. Duck hunting I use rubber, heavy boot footed waders. So many patches, it looks like the ducks shoot back. Fishing, I like light weight, but very durable boot foot. My Patagonias are the best, but I can't knock Hodgman either.
The Simms shoes are comfortable and well made. My favorite are the Hodgman canvas with felt soles. I rip the soles off in two years. The rock in North carolina and South Carolina seem more unforgiving than New York or Vermont.