I only buy made in the USA, Canada, or Europe. In shoes, I agree with the poster who mentioned Kamik, I get their snowboots and rainboots, which are Made in Canada and/or the USA, with few exceptions. Strong boots. There's also Danner in Portland, Oregon. Wolverine, made in Michigan. Belleville. Carolina.
The list goes on. A quick google search will find them. And yes, they are usually more expensive, but not always, and you get what you pay for, as you have discovered. Plus, you get to support the American economy, not china. Here's a good site - http://www.americanmadeworkboots.com/
- and they have sale prices as well.