My buddy just gave me a nice pair of Elan Slalom skis he got on Ebay for a $1!.....you can too, but not a boot! Really, no BS, you should invest the wad in the best boot, fit, alignment you can find. Buy a used demo ski and get a good tune job and ski much better than buying a cheap boot and a high performance ski. Heck don't buy a ski, just demo the latest greatest. Depending on how many days a year you ski it may work out cheaper anyway?
Telling boot fitters you want to save on boots to buy a good ski makes us cringe!
If you must, depending on your foot size, sometimes companies make their junior race boots in sizes up to 9 1/2 's. They are usually softer with lesser liners than the adult versions but are a couple hundred less expensive.