Unless you are going into deep water there is not much that a rubber boot will do for you that a good leather boot wont do. I've never found a rubber boot that I loved. I grew up slopping around livestock yards wearing rubber boots. They were pretty much essential to keep your feet dry. The tall black rubber boots with teh red bottoms sold in our local Agway (farm supply) stores did that just fine, but they were uninsulated - read COLD in the winter and easily punctured by any sharp object. The rubber was just too soft for serious work. Somewhere in my teenage years I transitioned to what we called work boots which were the lace up suade models. They were water proof up to about 2 inches of muck and more if you were quick to get out of it. The soles were hard and thus puncture resistant and best yet they came with an insulated option. I never did afford teh steel toe models but I thought they would be beneficial working among the big Holstein dairy cows (yes they are HEAVY on your toes!). Any how - I don't spend much time in teh barn yard any more so I wear more hunting/hiking style boots. I highly recommend Wolverine brand. They are expensive - about $80 per pair. But they are worth it. They are easily twice the boot of the $40 models and last twice as long. The only rubber boots I own these days are hip waders that I bought for retrieving water fowl and putting out decoys but I very seldfom wear them.
It might be helpful if you let us know what you wanted the boots for. That would let us tailor our recommendations to your needs.
I want them solely to avoid being smelled by deer on my path to my stand. It happened multiple times to me this year regardless of what I tried. thanks.
You might want to reconsider that then -
A few years ago, I was standing still in some thick saplings that had sprouted up after the land had been logged off a year or two before. I heard something approach and watched as another hunter passed +/- 75 yards away unaware that I was there.
The sound of his footsteps had no sooner faded than I heard something else from the same direction that he had come. I expected to see one of his hunting companions following him. But instead I saw a deer following right in his tracks, it would occasionally stop and smell his footprints. This deer was actually following the hunter I had seen walk through.
When the deer put its head down the next time (at about 75 yards), I got my rifle up and put my scope on the deer. When he picked his head up, I saw a spike antler. I couldn’t see the other antler, but this one was enough to make him legal game.
I let him keep coming toward me until I knew the tracks he was following turned away. Then I sent a bullet through his chest. He ran uphill just out of sight and collapsed against a downed log.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...