I always use Harbor Freight denim shop aprons. Very durable and relatively inexpensive. The only draw back is the ties are short and have to be tied from the back. Its easy enough to sew on a longer tie or just deal with it.
The one thing I always do is cut off the lower pocket. Dont ever use it and sometimes it gets caught on handles like the table saw fence handle. I do leave the upper pencil pocket in place. Use it for pencils and small marking gauges.
Too me, a shop apron should be clear of all pockets except for the pencil pocket. Most shop work requires you to lean up against work benches, assembly tables and table saw. The lower pouch pockets get in the way, especially if you actually put stuff in them. Shop work is different than carpentry work Carpenters need those pouch pockets for nails, rules and other stuff.
Anyhoo, that is just the way I work. Others work differently.
Tony B Retired woodworker, among other things.
"Strive for excellence and settle for completion" Tony B