I have always just wet waded in whatever old shoes/boots I had around, some worked better than others. I just got my first pair of waders for use when the water is too cold for wet wading and am looking for my first pair of wading boots. I am looking for a rubber sole type as I spend a lot of time out of the water as well as in and often need to hike into areas. I don't need fancy, just well made and functional, that being said I know that you get what you pay for however everyone has different levels of affordability and for me at the moment that puts me in the $150 range. The boots that are on my list at the moment are the Simms Freestone, Orvis Access, Korkers Buckskin, or the Redington Forge boots. I have done some research but it's all highly subjective, Simms seem to have a good rep for lasting a long time which doesn't seem to be true of korkers, and the Orvis Access have a Vibram sole which I know from experience will be very durable, however that does no good if the stitching fails or the mid-sole separates from the boot before your Vibram sole even begins to ware. Perhaps I'm overthinking it all and I should just pick a pair however I don't have much experience and don't want to make a big mistake right off the bat. As is stands right now the Simms and Orvis boots are at the top of my list, Simms for their longevity claims and Orvis for the Vibram sole, which would you choose any why please?