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You want breathable.If it's really muddy/sandy, then get boot foot.  Otherwise, the stocking foot is better, since you put whatever shoe works best for you.

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Wading in lakes can be dangerous. You can sink in mud like quicksand and not get yourself out. Drop offs can surprise you and fill those waders quickly. Wear a life jacket while wading in a lake.

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I bought a pair of Cabela's stocking foot breathable waders (waist high) for trout fishing.  They were a little over $100 but I have loved them. 

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23 hours ago, J Francho said:

You want breathable.If it's really muddy/sandy, then get boot foot.  Otherwise, the stocking foot is better, since you put whatever shoe works best for you.

Thanks

22 hours ago, Scott F said:

Wading in lakes can be dangerous. You can sink in mud like quicksand and not get yourself out. Drop offs can surprise you and fill those waders quickly. Wear a life jacket while wading in a lake.

Thanks. That has been a concern of mine a buddy of mine got stuck once in quick sand. I'll definitely have my life jacket handy

23 hours ago, J Francho said:

You want breathable.If it's really muddy/sandy, then get boot foot.  Otherwise, the stocking foot is better, since you put whatever shoe works best for you.

Ok Thanks 

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All good advice.  For hot weather, the lightweight breathable cabelas stocking foot type referenced earlier have served me well.  For colder weather I have the neoprene chest waders with the built in 800 gram boots.

If you live in the northeast or where there is a lot of snow occasionally, the neoprene chest waders are also good if you need to wade out in deep snow to do things around your house.  I use them to roof rake the snow off our roof and stay dry as I walk around the house to pull The snow down with the roof rake.

A pair of hip waders ( cost around $40 or so for a decent pair) is also something to consider for fishing smaller streams and rivers; very convenient and easy to get in and out of.

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38 minutes ago, cutbait said:

A pair of hip waders ( cost around $40 or so for a decent pair) is also something to consider for fishing smaller streams and rivers; very convenient and easy to get in and out of.

Hip boots are the way to go for under $100

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For wading in lakes & ponds I think that hip boots are a better idea.  You won't be able to get out as deep and very occasionally that is a good thing, i.e. you are less likely to do something really dumb.   Hip boots will allow you to get off the bank enough that making parallel casts to the bank is doable.

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