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    I have Merrell hiking boots (mid height, not shoe and not tall boot) and I've walked in ankle deep puddles without a problem in them. As a boy scout I did a 50 miler in this same model shoe, and I didn't have any blisters to cry about like the other guys wearing Keens or Timberlands. Lightweight, comfortable, breathable, and watertight. I recommend them to anyone who asks.

    I also spoke to a guy whose father is a doctor (chiropractor or joint specialist, I forget) and he said Merrells are the best shoe for ankle, knee, and hips. By having a bad pair of boots your body adjusts by moving your knees and hips in unnatural motion positions, which also translates to spine, neck, and shoulder issues.

    People don't realize the significance of a good pair of shoes. Anyway, I'd go with them. I think I got them on Amazon for $99, and if you're looking for a low-cut shoe instead of a boot they go for about $70. While I don't have experience with this shoe, I've been told they're just as watertight and comfortable as the boots.
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    The best pair of water proof boots I've owned were Dunam Duraflex. When I bought my first pair in 60s the store selling them had one in a glass tank with water 4" deep. Boot didn't leak. Treated once a year with Dow Corning , Shoe Saver liquid. They were light and very comfortable. They had only one draw back, the leather was soft. They weren't made for plowing through briar thickets like we have in this area.
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    Another vote for rubber, if you want dry, and don't even get me started on Gore Tex!!! Bought a pair of Rocky snake boots with gore tex for turkey hunting, walked across a field, just wet grass, no standing water, feet were soaking wet, switched back to my "bean boots", rubber bottoms, you guessed it, feet stayed dry and warm, just my .02. T Rex

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    if they are advertised as waterproof it is fake news. Only rubber boots work to keep water from getting in, but make my feet sweat so much they get wet anyway.
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    TS, Never even heard of ECCO boots. Guess they work.

    My go to Rubber boot is Lacrosse. I have tried Muck but they don't fit my feet right. Guess they weren't designed for people with Fred Flintstone feet. Most of the new rubber boots have insoles based on sneaker technology. They can be extremely comfortable. Still, even though you feet stay dry from outside water the sweat still makes your feet wet. One of the reasons I still like leather when appropriate. I do think that GoreTex still makes the best liner. If I remember correctly, Gore warranties boots baring their name too. Not 100% sure though.
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    Rocky Boots were good boots when they were made in Nelsonville, Ohio. I was a dealer and sold a lot of them. They had a good guarantee but only ever had to send back one pair that had eyelet torn out. Now Chinese like everything else. Brand name doesn't matter when they come from China, only the price you pay. The quality of the products were the result of American workers and all the Chinese junk is sold on their backs.
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    I used to wear leather Timberland hiking boots everyday for work and they did well, but they would last about 9 months to a year. I switched to Carolinas but they are a work boot and not lightweight hikers. 2 1/2 years and still good to go on the Carolinas.
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    I have a pair of Eddie Bauer that I bought at Sam's Club a couple of years ago. Seems to keep my feet dry in normal wet conditions. I haven't tried walking through standing water. I do spray them a couple times a year with waterproofing treatment. I think that makes a difference.

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    I've got a pair of rubber boots but I hate to wear them if any amout of walking is necessary. I also have Sorrel foot packs that I only wear in sub 0 weather. Bought Gokey snake boots 50 years ago and don't wear them unless I know Im going in amongst them. Haven't done that for several years either. Everyday wear is 8" wedge sole leather work boots. Only pair of shoes I've owned for years are a pair of cheap canvas ankle high hiking shoes that I use to wade in warm weather. Got boots to cover everything from Saturday nights on the town to funerals and weddings. Can't remember wearing shoes since I was old enough to walk except for some formal occasions that I couldn't duck. Wore a pair of sandals Once, they almost got me shot because I couldn't run fast enough.
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    Not all Keen shoes are waterproof...............you have to read the specs, as some are warm weather ventilated construction........

    I've used Keen shoes for about 25 years and ever a problem........Some of my Keens not waterproof, but I knew that when I bought them...........

    Read the specs before you buy............

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