There's a lot of people confused on the differences based on price so I'll give some insight on the best.
The most expensive 4 boots all have active footboards instead of rigid (soft vs hard) and for freestyle skiing are the only ones anyone should look at if they want the best boot performance. They are also virtually identical other than looks.
Drop Kicks: plastic buckles, 4 flex tongue, $460
Hot Dogger: Same boot, 6 flex tongue, $500
Konflict: Same boot, metal buckles, 8 flex tongue, $600
Seth Morrison: Same boot, metal buckles, 8 flex tongue, $625
Different flex tongues are $50. So if you can settle for plastic buckles, buy the Drop Kicks or Hot Doggers depending on the flex you want. Konflicts are evidently the best value if you want a stiffer flex, with a buckle upgrade, for $100 for than Hot Doggers. As for the Seth Morissons, well, that $25 extra gets you artsier graphics than the Konflicts and nothing else.
Binding bolts can come loose from hot/cold expansion over the season in any brand, and that's hot buckles are lost or broken off. I forget to maintain mine, and by chance I lost 2 buckles and a cable, which a shop had extras of for $15 apiece.
And for the record I couldn't care less which brand of boot anyone decides to buy.