I saw a girl wearing these the other day. she was a fisher girl, so she needed foot protection. She said they are good.
If you are in moving water then your feet will stay cool and boots offer real protection.
Skagit Wading Boot Sticky Rubber - Footwear | Redington Fly Fishing
I mostly river sup in lower flows, so I hook the fins plenty. Running off the from onto the rocks in booties is a recipe for disaster.
I sweep up instead of hop up, and footwear with a toe box helps with that.
I have tried the keen boots, but there is too much room in the toes, so they bang.
I have the xcel 2 toe. I wear those at CA surf breaks so I they won't think I am a kook, but those catch your leash between the toes. Bad.
Boots are not hip.
hope that helps m