Moon Boots are the fashion trend that just won’t die. They are puffy, garish, and have no left or right designation, so the shoes are basically interchangeable with each other. They gained popularity during the 1970’s, when people everywhere tired of their usual footwear and had the sudden urge to look like a space cowboy from the not-quite-distant-future. This may or may not be due to the prevalence of psychedelics at the time. Moon Boots eventually faded into obscurity, however, when everyone took a moment to glance down at their feet and realized how completely stupid they looked.
At least, that is, until 2004, and the release of Napoleon Dynamite. The title character, known for his good sense and impeccable fashion taste, wears moon boots at several points during the film, including the iconic dance at the end. This has inspired whole legions of teenagers to go out and buy the footwear, in some cases ironically, in many cases not. And while it’s probably good for them to seek out a role model who isn’t the latest blonde vapid look-alike to get their own show on the Disney Channel, one would hope that they would set their sights just a little bit higher.