It is the 50th anniversary of the Moon Boot—the moon-landing-inspired shoe that nearly made it to space. While the Moon Boot may be up there with waterbeds, phone books, and snap bracelets—things that used to be relatively popular, that we now don’t really think about—the astronaut shoe is back.
Moon Boot launched a capsule collection and exhibition at Pitti Uomo to celebrate the anniversary of the shoe, created in 1969, that was modeled after the antigravity boots worn by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. The prototype boots created for Armstrong are fit for an industrial night at a Berlin club, built from aluminum mylar and gold Kapton tape. The new limited-edition capsule boots, covered in Swarovski crystals, reimagine the original look in white and gold.
I’m in love with these funky, bulky shoes because dressing like you’re part of the first space colony is very appealing to me. And if you don’t trust the tastes of me—a simple gal, really—trust in the opinion of a Louvre Museum panel that named the Moon Boot one of the 20th Century’s major design symbols. The boot also enjoyed both a shout-out in Napoleon Dynamite and a renaissance in the early-2000s when Paris Hilton wore them on various snowy mountains.
Moon Boot has also collaborated with Moncler, Jimmy Choo (yesss), and Chanel. In a true feat of engineering, Jeremy Scott created a thigh-high Moon Boot for his Fall 2018 collection that came in fur and metallics. They look like a fashion fanfic of how Zenon from Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century would dress in her twenties, and I’m here for it!
The new Moon Boots kick it back to founder Giancarlo Zanatta’s original design, inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing, envisioned originally as apres-ski wear in the ‘70s. The moon seems to be in right now, with Band of Outsiders showing a film of teens watching Alan Shepard’s 1971 landing at London Fashion Week last Friday.
It’s 2019, and next year is the very futuristic-sounding year of 2020—we need all the help getting dressed for space that we can get.
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