I had to decide whether I was going to save up for tall boots I REALLY liked or just go ahead and buy cheapies. I went ahead and saved- got really nice tall boots- and they were lovely even when they were being broken in...
whereas all the girls on my college team who bought "cheapies" wound up bleeding and limping and hating their tall boots....taught me a lesson. I'd rather save and go for quality!
Have you looked into maybe buying some used???
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be ****ed if you do, and ****ed if you don't. - Eleanor Roosevelt