The desert boot occupies a unique position in every man’s closet. Or at least it should. While requisite, it sometimes proves difficult to find the right version that rises above the sea of uniformity. Italian designer Elia Maurizi’s unisex line of hand-crafted footwear fills in nicely as a handy alternate to the J.Crew MacAlistor (nothing against that affordable staple). His suede desert boot, with contrast rubber crepe souls, comes in a variety of colors all just the perfect pitch away from the khaki norm. Our favorite? This steely grey version that plays nice during the current switch from autumn to winter.