Just picked up this thread, great conversations. Some heated points, at the end of the day it's what budget you have and that dictates your range of spending.
I could buy some expensive boots, but I need to try them on and have comfort, also I need them long enough to go over my arthritic ankle to ease the sometime hard pain I get. So if the boots that suit cost £20 or£200 that's what I will go for.
Me I like a walk I also like to sit round a fire, also enjoy making stuff. And if I can make rather than spend I do that, just can't make boots yet, Mmmmm that's a thought maybe it could be my next project ha ha!!!!