People definitely care. It may not be spoken about as much because there aren't as many options, but I assure you a well fitting boot that fits your style is crucial and most people put some thought/time into their choice and fitting.
I am a 17 year old boy and I do not have the means the support a wife.-radtad
People are giving you shit because that's not what your op says. It doesn't say "I think boots are the most important piece of gear, but most people at my mountain seem to disagree, what do you all think?" It says "people at my mountain like skis more than boots."