I also prefer square toes. I get old west kids boots from Schneiders. The kids run large, the 5.5 run at my adult 7.5 and they're about $50. They come in black, brown and light tan. They are not the most comfortable and supportive boots I've worn, but they serve their function! I have used the light tan for DIY dying with much success. And you can do it. I have the creativity level of a rock. Ropers are ok too, just no crepe soles!