This is my current wading boot, the Danner ~ Patagonia River Salt Wading boot.
Super comfortable straight out of the box, I upsized to wear with neoprene and a liner sock. I use them in conjunction with my Pin Soles (a type of wading crampon) if needed on slimy bottom streams and rivers.
I'm not a reviewer, this is what I choose for personal reasons and I paid full price just like everyone else. I researched and reviewed many choices of a wading boot and this is what I came up with for me and I do not regret my choice. I can hike to the stream, wade and hike back and they are comfortable and grip.