It's been a while since I've made a bigger fishing puchase. My waders still leak a tiny bit but I suspect it's coming in from the neoprene booties and you can't fix that. I've had the same Chota boots for probably 6 or 7 years now. I love them but lately I've been looking at these boots from Simms. I'm a huge Simms fan but I absolutely hate laces on wading boots. This year they are using a Boa lace system on some boots and that makes me randy. I need to go try on a pair and then I've gotta sweet talk my CFO into things but as of yesterday she was completely on board. She's the best. These could put me into an entirely different class of elite anglers.