Thanks, Mark. Interesting comment about Hodgeman. Back in the 60's 70's and early 80's their canvas bootfoots were durable, comfortable, and favored where I used to fly fish. Companies change I guess.
Yes, it does seem that folks have their brand loyalties no matter what hobby is discussed and your advice to take some of this with a grain of salt is well taken. Will look into the Orvis per your suggestion.