Have only had SIMS wading boots before, these are probably as durable because although i have only used a few times, there is very little scuffing. Traction? Lets say the jury is out. My go-to water is the Upper Yarra in Victoria, classically nasty to wade due to medium to large, very rounded, slimy stones under foot and the occasional slippery-dip long flat expanse of sloping rock. On these, they are lethal! No grip at all. However on smaller rocks, with a little texture, and on mud and fallen timber they are great. I don't think they are the panacea I was looking for, but they do have their advantages in certain conditions. I am going to try removing the plates and inserting some grade 5 bolts into the bolt holes to see what that does.