I know a lot of what I will end up shelling out for boots is going to depend on what boot fits my feet, but I would like to start putting some money away for a pair of boots for next season. I'm a beginner and have only taken one lesson so far. I was very much not happy with the rental boots. They felt snug when I tightened them up at first and then quickly became loose. I could feel my feet turn inside the boots before my skis would turn and my right foot began to cramp in the arch area after only wearing them for about a half an hour. So in short, I don't need a high performance ski boot but I would like something that would suit me when I start skiing blue trails well. How much money should I put away?
I'm 5'11 and about 210 pounds with a street shoe size of 10.5 if that helps narrow the range a little.