If you're gonna be walking in water, don't bother trying to keep your feet dry. So don't get a boot with Goretex, and don't get an all leather boot, or even anything waterproof. Unless the water is never more than 2" deep, after the first stream crossing all it'll do is hold the moisture in and keep your feet soggy.
If you plan on doing a lot of this type of hiking then get a canyoneering boot, those are designed to be quick draining and quick drying. Otherwise for the hikes you describe lightweight trail runners with mesh sides work fine, or even a Keen sandals.
Last edited by ducktapeguy; 02-06-2013 at 4:31 PM..