Looking at a pair of classic design Moon Boots, it is immediately obvious how the name was chosen, as they look just like something an astronaut might wear. It’s hard to think of any other name that would suit them better.
Moon Boots were first created by Italian company Tecnica in the early Seventies, but it wasn’t until the Eighties that they really took the fashion world by storm.
They were originally designed as a highly practical shoe for use in snowy conditions, as they are waterproof, warm, and easy to slip on and off. Unlike most shoes they don’t come as a traditional left and right pair. Either boot can go on either foot.
The boots have a rubber sole made in two parts, a thin rubber outer layer, and a thicker cellular layer to cushion the feet. The shoe itself is often made from a polyester material, giving the boots that spacesuit like quality, but suede and fake furry versions are also available, though these tend to look more like a normal boot.
Laces cover the top of the foot before criss-crossing round the back of the leg to be tied up at the front near the top of the boot, which helps to keep the boots on when trudging about in thick snow.
The Moon Boot logo, written in a style that wouldn’t be out of place on Space 1999, adorns the side of the boot, so you can easily tell a proper pair from an imitation.