Questions about boots

Questions about boots

Well I thought I'd like to buy or more-to-the point ask for from one of my relatives for a present- a pair of Wellies (Wellington boots). But after looking at them online and seeing the prices and reading some reviews- I don't think so. They are too expensive and I found out they are now made in China. I do need a good pair of all-weather boots though. Can anyone suggest something comparable? Something that cost less but will still hold up to rain and/or snow? Also- do I need to buy a size larger than the shoe size I wear? I don't want to buy something (or have someone else buy something)and find out they are too small or whatever. Many thanks for your advice on this.
A room of one’s own.

A room of one’s own.

I SHOULD know what this is.. but I don’t

I SHOULD know what this is.. but I don’t

sunflower troubles

sunflower troubles

The ‘after’ pictures (VERY picture heavy)

The ‘after’ pictures (VERY picture heavy)

My home in Colorado Springs, CO

My home in Colorado Springs, CO

questions about sod & some plant identification

questions about sod & some plant identification