Well, at least we know there's some sympathy for you guys since Jet hasn't come in here to say "I told you so" yet.
Even as late as last year, Dayton seemed to still be doing alright. I bought my service boots first week of September 2010, got them first week of October. Kayla kept in constant contact with me through email the entire way, updating the progression of my boots and even sending me pictures throughout the production stages.
I think the sale really did a number on them. They are a niche company making boots mainly for the logging industry, police and motorcyclists (and these boots are supposed to last the wearer 10 years). I'm guessing that their boot makers are used to making 1 new pair of boots a week. When that sale hit and they had to up their production to say, 2 or 3 boots a week, that's what caused all the quality control issues (and assuming they are unionized, there's no way that they were going to work 3 times as much as usual). The best part of the service boots are the elongated slim toe profile. Some of the boots posted look stubby and bulbous and dont' even look like they were made on the right last.