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I'll admit it: these Moon Boots had me on the fence.

I remember seeing them years ago in San Francisco (friendly reminder, it doesn't snow in San Francisco!) worn with yoga leggings and a Lululemon off the shoulder sweater. If I had to guess, it was a typical chilly day in the city but nothing that warranted snow boots out on the Embarcadero while grabbing your morning green juice, which of course, left me wondering, are these the new Ugg boot incarnate? Bulky, somewhat comical, usually with a wake of people in their path left scratching their head about what just walked by. (For the record, I don't hate Ugg boots, I just think they've gotten a bad styling rep.)

From that moment, I swore Moon Boots off. Surely, I could find a better snow boot contender. One that didn't make it look like I was lugging weights around my feet. Or remind you of Napoleon Dynamite.

Fast forward to my recent trip to Banff with the Fairmont Hotels team, and I realized my outdoorsy winter wardrobe could use a bit of refresher. I started browsing through both Net-A-Porter and The Outnet for some aprés ski pieces when it dawned on me that every model was shown wearing some sort of Moon Boot. And for the first time in a long time, I actually liked how they were styled -- with retro-inspired one piece ski suits in poppy colors and vintage fair isle sweaters. And before I knew it, I was texting my friend Sai (who has several pairs of Moon Boots) asking her for sizing advice because your girl was adding to cart.

Yes, I am a recent Moon Boot convert and I'm proud of it. Here are a few high level thoughts if you're considering a pair for yourself this winter:

  • Sizing varies a lot depending on the style -- the classic pair that I have groups sizes together as follows: 35-38 // 39-41 // 42-44. I typically wear a size 37/38 in most shoes, so I was actually worried the 35-38 size might be borderline too small. Turns out, it fits me perfectly -- and any extra wiggle room can be fixed pretty easily with thick socks anyway. Other more style driven pairs, run in typical Italian sizing order -- 36, 37, 38 etc.
  • I thought Sai was maybe slightly over-exaggerating when she said these were warm but DAMN, they really do keep your feet quite toasty! I added toe warmers to my boots during one of our snow excursions during the trip and I actually regretted it later -- my feet were just too hot as is.
  • They're ideal for post-ski/snowboard scenarios -- and other easy, low impact snow activities like snowshoeing and hiking. I wouldn't recommend skiing or snowboarding in these.
  • Confession: they're hard to pack, since they're arguably the bulkiest thing in your bag. I actually ended up carrying mine in an extra garment bag I was carrying onto the plane anyway, because I was afraid of squishing them too much in my checked bag. Now in hindsight, I do think these boots can withstand a good deal of pressure and still retain their shape.
  • Most styles are waterproof and clean really easily because of it.
  • As with most bulkier snow boots, you will find yourself leaning slightly forward in these boots due to the angle of them, but nothing too crazy.

And there you have it! The beginning of a beautiful friendship with my Moon Boots -- do any of you have a pair? Would love to hear your thoughts! Also, because I'm pretty sure someone will ask, here's a similar pair of ear muffs to what I'm wearing here. Unfortunately, I got this pair at a boutique in Montreal years ago.

Photos by Nick Urteaga