You bring up an excellent point, one that entirely slipped my mind (no surprise there unfortunately
). If you primarily fish the beaches then the bootfoot models may be better suited for you. Sand in the boots is a problem for me, and requires me to periodically exit the water and dump my boots - as my feet get very cramped by the sand, making it a neccessity. That would still lead me to try and get a pair of the hybrid models that combine the bootfoot with the lace option. However, I do an equal amount, if not more, of freshwater fishing and will just deal with the hassle for now - as I like the versatility of the stockingfoot's separate boot (as mentioned above).