I did wear my Rocky's hiking on Saturday and was pleased with their performance.
Footwear was Smartwool Merino liner socks, Rocky Socks, Innov-8 Terroc 330s, REI Low Trail Gaiters.
Conditions were 40-45 degrees with intermittent snow and fairly strong wind along the ridgetops.
Trails had a lot of standing water and squishy mud with snow in spots. Several stream crossing toward the finale..
Stepping in water while wearing the Rocky Socks was kind of an odd feeling. My feet got briefly cold, and I felt the squishiness, giving me the feeling that the socks had failed and water leaked through. My feet would quickly warm up again, and the squishiness quickly drain away. My feet never felt uncomfortable as far as fit went. I wore a size 13 sock and I wear size 12.5 shoes. I probably could've worn a size 12 sock, but I sized up one so I could fit a heavier sock in there for winter hiking, and had no issues with bunching at the toe or heel.
Right at the end of my hike, I slipped crossing a stream a bit too deep to just wade across and briefly dunked both my feet well above the tops of the socks. I was sure I'd end up with flooded socks, but the combination of the socks, with the gaiters over the top of them, plus my Marmot precipt pants over the tops of the gaiters prevented any leakage in the moment my feet were underwater.
When I finished my hike and removed my socks, I was impressed with how little dampness there was in my merino liners. I was expecting swampy feet but that wasn't the case.
I like this system for the two times I've used it, and I guess it will be a matter of how many miles the socks hold up for(18 miles so far).
If I'd spent the night, my plan was to change into dry socks at camp, put my feet in plastic bags to protect the dry socks from the moisture inside the Rocky socks, put the Rocky socks back on, and then my wet shoes.