In a temperate climate with cold, snowy, wet winters, boots seem essential but boots are worn for other reasons and activities: hiking, motorcycle, riding, work, cowboy, sports/outdoor activities, skiing, fashion accessory. Purchasing boots can wreak havoc on a budget but with a bit of information and advance planning the savings can be significant. Boots at affordable prices can be found at online retailers and online shopping has many advantages, the chief being the enormous variety and sizes of boots seldom found at any one brick and mortar store. The benefits of purchasing online are: power of choice without leaving home, ease of comparison shopping, keeps the purchase within budget by use of online coupons in combination with sales or promotions and of course the savings in time and gas. Styles include but are not limited to: dress, rain, slouch, ankle, hip, knee-high, thigh-high, hip, chukka, desert, Wellingtons, mukluk, steel toe, snow, Chelsea, insulated, waterproof, hunting and so on. The extraordinary selection of brands, styles, types, color, sizes offered online allows shoppers to find suitable boots whether used for the practical purpose of keeping warm and dry, work, sports or as a fashion accessory. A few ideas to consider: check store size charts and the size chart for the particular brand if available, read and be comfortable with the store return policies, read reviews and any other points particular to the your situation. A few ways to save when purchasing: shop end of season sales and clearance combined with online coupons (always verify if coupons can be used in conjunction with sale/clearance) shop just before end of season sales when stores often reduce without notice, comparison shop, take advantage of free shipping and return offers, sign up for store newsletters to receive advance notice of sales and promotions, join store reward programs. Browse the list of retailers below that sell boots for an idea of what is available online.