Recommendations depend on the area you hunt. Swampy or dry - you should consider snake boots regardless. I hunt the Walnut hill area and over the years have run into Eastern and pigmy rattlesnake and cotton mouths. I have both Danner and Irish Setter snake boots. Both are light weight and offer a degree of water resistance but I would not recommend them if you are hunting over a swamp.
Mine were bought as Bass Pro made by Rocky for them. Had many years and still watertight, I see just now the soles starting to loosen from the boot which I will repair. I like the lace with zipper on the side, easy to fit, put on and take off without relacing
I have a pair of Rocky snake boots,16",front zip,and a pair of Rocky snake boots,lace up,16".
I have had both pair for 10-12 years and they have never leaked . . . even when walking/standing in ankle deep water for hours.
Before that I had a pair of Rocky 16" snake boots,lace up,that I completely wore out. They took a hit from a 5' cotton mouth on Escambia river,just above the ankle. They saved my ass. --- SAWMAN