My Dad always liked Redwing boots when they were made in the USA, but would never buy them cause they "cost to much!" He also liked Carhartt coats, but again would never buy it for himself.
I like them and i buy them. most of the time acquisition cost is the overriding factor used to rationalize purchase rather than cost of ownership. i have two stinking jackets, one a carhart, the other made in some non-democratic country. the carhart shows absolutely no signs of wear, the other is worn out. same with boots, my son purchased some wolverines, and another pair already, my redwings are going strong. i also like the redwing lace ups with the cement walking bottom. last forever, literally if you resole them and can keep the manure and urine soaked straw and mud off them. the reason the threads wear out is that the mud gets in and is basically sandpaper onthe threads over time. it's kinda like flossing your teeth, take care of them.
i agree with scott about the rancher/roper heel. that's what i get. i also like boulet boots, as they are one of the few steel shank leather soled boots left. made in canada. justin ropers wear out in about half the time they used to in college. leather quality is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy down.
one last item about purchasing made in america. socks made in america last longer. they use better, longer staple length thread. again, cost of ownership vs acquisition.