Took the idea of socking foot waders one step further and checked out Basspro shops for socking foot hip boots. Seems like a good solution for only $59 -- would work well in most conditions, price is reeasonable. http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Breathable-WaistHigh-StockingFoot-Waders/product/36975/ Obviously not a replacement for "dry pants" or "dry suit" but could be practical for mild temperature water conditions and it would solve the wet foot issue. You'd just need some form of water shoe to protect the sock - most likely a size or two larger than rountine.
Yes they would be hard to swim in but I think the idea is worth considering.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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