Fashion and Retail Association
Moon Boots: From NASA to the Runway
By: Arya Patel
Notorious for bringing back Y2K fashion trends, influencers, Gen-Z, and our hometown fashionistas have a new muse: Moon Boots.
Moon Boots took the stage in the 1960s following the Apollo 13 moon landing. Buzz Aldrin’s super-sized, bulbous-like antigravity boots was enough inspiration for Italian designer Giancarlo Zanatta to launch them into the retail world. Using the Tecnica Group as its manufacturer, Moon Boots became a popular product among frequent snow-goers.
At its debut fair, a thousand pairs of Moon Boots were sold, and by 1986, one million pairs were sold worldwide. This led the Tecnica group rise to the top of the outdoor footwear industry.
The Moon Boots became the archetypal snow boot, with its silhouette reaching beyond its brand. Among the collaborations Moon Boots did with brands such as Moncler and Fendi, various brands including Dior, Gucci and Prada were inspired to create their own version of the Moon Boot. One of its big breaks was when Chanel’s then creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, imitated the Moon Boot in Chanel’s FW94 collection, the imitation ended up at the Metropolitan in New York. The popularity lead to over 25 million Moon Boots sold worldwide.
Today, all of Hollywood’s it-girls are sporting the look. Dua Lipa, Kylie Jenner, and Hailey Bieber are among the few spotted wearing the oversized UGG. As Moon Boots’ popularity picks up pace again, the brand plans to take back what’s rightfully theirs and plans on relaunching their products into markets in the US and Asia.
So, are you ready to get your own pair of the infamous Moon Boots? Check out moonboot.com for dozens of styles of the original snow boot, don’t miss out!