Well, a lot of guys will tell you stay away from certain brands cause they are China made... Surprisingly, K2/Ride are made in China, some 5150's are rebaged k2's and Rides... Almost all the boots out there are made in China or somewhere similar... Doesn't mean the product is bad...
I suggest really reading up on your buy and seeing what you can find out. Don't be scared of looking at something that isn't super expensive... Just make sure to research it and see it before you buy it.
Oh yes, in mye experience don't look at anything cap construction (alright for beginners, but their use fades fast)... Sandwich is the way to go. But, that is really only from my experience.