I have never owned a pair of shoes that cost more than $20.00. I would go barefoot all the time if the weather and the biological functions of my animals allowed. I have a pair of plain black shoes for special events, a pair of flip flops for running around town in the late spring, summer and early fall, a pair of sneakers for the rest of the time and a pair of black muck boots that I wear at home, all the time. Much to the chagrin of a very fashionable 11-year old. They make me feel like a farmer, like a girl who is pretty confident in herself. You kinda gotta be confident to pull off a look like this. Rubber boots by the back door, that's me.