These puffy, comfy winter boots became a popular fad in the years following the Apollo 11 moon landing.
They were originally designed as après-ski wear by manufacturer Tecnica Group of Giavera del Montello in Italy after bootmaker Giancarlo Zanatta – taken by the chunky footwear on Neil Armstrong and crew during the moon landing in July 1969 – had the design team at Tecnica whip up a boot inspired by the NASA look.
Moon Boots became all the rage in the 1970s and 1980s. They came in rainbow colours and made any kid feel like an astronaut.
Tecnica didn’t trademark the name “Moon Boot” until 1978. by which time numerous knock-offs were on the market.
The boot has been “rebooted” in the new millennium and is now manufactured in Ukraine.