I buy the boots I like then get a pair of knee length goretex socks from any army surplus place for about 15 quid. Not only can I wade in water up to the top of the sock, they keep my feet warmer than the old fashioned thick bike boot socks I used to wear years ago. Not sure how as they are quite thin.
Now when I try on boots I make sure I'm wearing one normal pair of socks and the goretex socks then go for a nice snug fit. Never had wet or cold feet in the last 10 years, including when trail riding through fords.
3 Africa Twins/280,000 miles. If it's happened to one of mine, it's gonna happen to one of yours.....eventually.
1 Varadero/34,000 miles ridden (of 57,000 miles on the bike), it's all still new to me!