I wear a pair of $10 slip-ons. If I have a job where I need to wear work boots, I wear a pair of cheap $40 P.O.S. boots.
If I'm going to spend a buttload of money on some fancy high quality handcrafted stuff, it's going to be beer and not sh*tkicking work boots that will be tromped through mud and fish guts on a regular basis.
Like CL said if you can stand it then more power to you, I wish I could. I bought a pair of $40 Walmart boots when I first started and wanted to quit because my feet were in so much pain.
I thought it was just because it was commercial work and really tough environments, until I spent 120 on some timberland pros at Sears, felt like I was wearing my favorite sneakers in the worst of environments. Since I was the apprentice I was walking a half mile every time we needed material out of the trailer, those baby's paid for themselves in a month.
Another apprentice I work with keeps buying a new pair of walmart boots every 6 months and is always complaining about his feet. I tried to tell him multiple times, but it's not the worst thing to have an advantage over your competition I suppose hah. Though I wore through my Timberlands in a little over a year, just bought a new pair same kind.