Good advice.Go to a reputable shop with trained staff, get your feet measured and try different makes on.
Also helps if they have one of the little ramps to walk up and down on.
I prefer Meindl because they have a large toe box for my frostbite damaged toes.
My daughter likes Salomon because they are relatively narrow in the main body of the boot.
All very subjective and pointless recommending a specific make for someone else
I am a big fan of Salomon and have had three pairs now (light-weight boots to wear out more quickly the thick heavy leather ones). I find the fit of their boots fine but I did find their running shoes a little too narrow.My daughter likes Salomon because they are relatively narrow in the main body of the boot.
Agree entirely on all points, especially the repairable soles aspect.Much more information needed: where you are; what you are going to do; what size and shape are your feet?
I have relatively short for my height, narrow, high instep, bony feet and blister easily. Anything I recommend will be useless for most folk, as would someone's recos if they have wide and flat feet, aside from some of the general points already made about going to a good shop or 5 and trying many things on. I have found this way that the likes of Zamberlan and AltBerg have a decent narrow fitting which works for me (next boot purchase, if needed, will be AltBerg Malham).
With regard to waterproof membranes: they will ALL fail at some point (I had a pair fail disastrously in rain while up a hill in NW Sutherland), so being able to re-proof the outside is a consideration. I've gone back to all leather uppers with as few seams as possible, so I can Nikwax or whatever the buggery out of them.
I've come to regard replaceable/repairable soles as a better idea than integrated soles, especially if one can maintain the uppers well, so Vibram or similar, depending on location, seem sensible.
These days my boot armoury is a pair of Zamberlans as the main, big boy boots (leather uppers with a membrane, replaceable Vibram soles), with a couple of pairs of cheaper, albeit still mostly leather upper, Teva and Rockport ones for messing around on beaches.