I wonder if Barratts still do kiddies' black leather boots in 4 1/2 for around the £25 mark? If they don't (and up until Christmas), my only other options are:
> Not hugely comfy but completely waterproof up to my shin - motorcycle boots.
> Somewhat ungainly, soft leather, not very warm without a thickish pair of socks and not quite as high as my old ones - steel toe-cap & midsole workboots.
> Not waterproof and not very warm, not boots - trainers.
> Not waterproof in heavy rain, not boots - work shoes.
> Not waterproof in heavy rain - walking boots.