When we lived in the Big City, I hardly ever wore winter boots. The sidewalks were always shoveled and transit came along so frequently that I was never standing outside for long. The pair of boots I had were slightly too small (I bought them when I was 16) but they worked when I really needed to wear boots.
Now that we’re out in the boonies and I walk everywhere, replacing the sad boots of my teens seemed like a good idea. My mother gave me $100 gift card for Christmas and as lucky would have it, the store had a clearance sale on boots the same week we got a decent snowfall. The store has a scant selection of boots and I must have the most common shoe size ever so there wasn’t much of choice. A choice of two, actually and the other pair was way too loose around my calves. This is what I bought:
Regular price: $149.99. Sale price: $89.99. Total with tax: $101.69. I used my Christmas gift card and the rest came off yet another gift card I had. So FREE! And hopefully, these boots will also last 17 years.