Keens with studs . They are light and have toe guards .
I bought a pair and used them for the first time on a trip to the John Day last summer. I had no issues at all with slipping and I felt confident wading.
That's what I do, too.As somebody who wet wades from June to September for steelhead I can swear by regular boots with wading specific neoprene wading sock. Not socks that just go up but the kind that fold over to make gravel guards.
They are basically the same thickness as wader booties so your normal boots should fit fine.
If wading a bit deep you can fold them up so they go to your knees. Basically you are good unless you go more than crotch deep.
Protip: Snowboarding socks are extra comfy. They are made for wearing that kind of boot and have padding in all the right places, especially the calf area.
Are your feet getting sore due to lack of ankle support or your feet getting sore needing a more comfortable insole..? Whether the water is cold or warm, your feet will react the same under either condition. I'm thinking due to the sore feet, you'd be best to look at getting a pair of boots to give you some ankle support rather then flimsy pair of runners..The boots hurt my feet, I only covered about half as much shoreline as I wanted. Yesterday I hit a lake with @Engee, I traded the Danner's for an old pair of broken down Brooks The Beast (a running shoe). I should have thrown The Beast away a few years ago but sometimes I'm a cheap old man. Anyway, my feet were tired and sore after about two miles of wet wading. Time for a better wadin' shoe.