I have a cheap pair of "Bone-dry"wading boots that have worn very well for about three years and will probably continue to for a few more.
The wife and son have Orvis and one pair started to drop some of thee stitching after one use.
I dont think price or lables make much difference, it all seems to be a matter of luck when it comes to wear or comfort.
My local shoe repair shop has proven to be very handy and inexpensive .
But Cobblers are a dying breed so if you have one locally give him a visit as he most likely can do what you want .