After my post yesterday about the CRH “desert boot,” it got me thinking. What’s better: the original or someone else’s take on that original? I think it all comes down to a matter of personal preference. Three of the options that I’ve had in my mind are those CRH’s, Clark’s, and J. Crew’s MacAlister Boot. All of them have their merits. Cole Haan’s offering is, no doubt, extremely well-made. It’s made of vegetable tanned English reverse Kudu on upper, sock and sole. The Clark’s Desert Boot is the original. Suede uppers, plantation crepe sole… all-around comfort. J. Crew’s MacAlister boot is a very good substitute (or imitation) of the Clark’s boot made with Italian suede. All of them look great. With Clark’s being the cheapest price point, and the CRH Jack being the most expensive, I guess it is all about personal preference.