No such thing as good cheap booties sadly!
Trust me I have bought about 4-5 sets of the 40 dollar mutluks at petsmart.. no I DON'T want to do the math. The cheaper ones aren't much cheaper and will 1)create a very slimey slick surface on wet ground making the dog fall or strain to remain stable which can cause strains of joints and muscles, and 2) fall apart faster if they dont slip off first.
I haven't bought the 60 $ ones at ruffwear (i'm silly I keep thinking oh I don't wanna spend that much right now.. ?) but I have heard mixed reviews of them.
As it is I recommend IF possible to use tuffoot and mushers wax to first toughen the foot then offer a wax protectant value. If this doesn't offer a complete cure to foot problems then I recommend the mutluks. They ARE a very good bootie.. don't take my number as a turn off.. we're extremely hard on them
They haven't failed me yet and although I have to replace them every year or so I have been using them for about 5 yrs and they're still my fav. My only real complaint is the toe of the bootie and the top of the bootie are differing materials and where they are sewn together the dogs nail can nag and make a pocket of sorts allowing sand and small pebbles to creep in the boot, like an unsealed hiking boot for humans.
Potentially someone else has a bootie they like better but I haven't found one. I figure these work.. we might try duct tapeing the top of the bootie to offer extra protection for the sewn seam.
This pic shows where the yellow and black meet is my only real problem with this bootie