I recently had to buy a pair of light boots because my 15 year old Made in the USA Dexters had the heel come loose, I think I'm going to try and glue them back together as there is really nothing wrong with them. Wanting a product Made in the USA I set off looking at Red wings which is one of the last pair of shoes Made in the USA. Upon inspection even some of them are now only partially made here with labels that say "Made in the USA with imported Materials". I have a new pair on my feet right now as I couldn't find a pair of light boots that simply said "Made in the USA". Cost was $150.
About 10 years ago I bought a pair of Red Wing loggers for $180 if I remember correctly and still have them because they happened to be in my car during the recent fire I had. This pair of boots now costs $280.
Red Wing also has imported version called Worx by Red wing. These boots are entirely made outside the US and by what I can tell this model is very similar to the Red Wing one. Cost is about $115:
How can US products possibly compete in this market? $280 is a weeks worth of pay if you're making minimum wage. Granted many people would not be buying boots like this but all the Red Wing shoes/boots are at least $150 and they are sitting next to imported models half their cost.
This country better wake up, we need to level the playing field. I think we should start by demanding anyone importing products into this country must also be enforcing the same environmental and labor laws we have here in the US. It's just a start but we have to reverse this trend. We can all do our part, spend that extra hundred and get the Red Wing model, not the Worx by Red Wing.