We all have personal favourites and we all have different shaped feet. What you can get away with in shoes you cannot do so with boots. This means you need to go somewhere where the staff know how to measure and fit boots.
There is an element of you get what you pay for but also you do end up paying a lot for the brand name too.
You cannot guarantee life based on price either, sometimes you are lucky and sometimes not.
I’ve had a number of boots since starting SOTA.
Berghaus Explorer IV, Meindl BurmaPro, Asolo Flame Meindl Bhutan
As a diabetic, foot care is critical so I don’t worry about the cost of boots. If you buy leather you need to keep them cleaned and waxed.
The two synthetic boots lasted 2 years and 4 years but much more comfortable than the leather boots. The Burma Pros are 8 years old this easter. The sole is worn but nor worn out, the leather is creased but not cracked and the Goretex is still working. The Bhutans were bought as the Burma Pros are on the run-in to retirement so the replacements are all already broken in. And you can punish the old boot as they don’t owe me anything.
As you had leather boots last 20 years, you must be looking after them!