So I thought it would be interesting to folks to share this link from Patagonia's inspection team examining a Wolverine factory in China. I don't know that this place will be making the Merrell Barefoot line (for all I know they'll be using slave labor) but I expect they're a pretty decent business for Patagonia to have partnered with them.
By the way, years back Chouinard Equipment supn off from Patagonia and became Black Diamond Equipment. I recently heard a BD product tester describe his job thusly: "My job is to make sure my friends don't die." Patagonia runs their business the same way. Hopefully, so does Wolverine.