I use this product for treasure hunting with a metal detector at the beach. I go into the water and waves up to about hip height as my detector is waterproof. These boots keep my feet fairly warm and dry (I wear with neoprene socks). As I've got an exceptionally high arch, I do wear these with an arch support shoe pad, but that's just a personal preference--not a necessity. I'm often detecting for 5 hours straight so the extra support is welcome. This is actually my second pair--not because the first pair wore out--but because I like the boots so much, and go out so often, that I wanted a dry pair to wear!