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"Conspiracy theories are big because they're comforting. Any conspiracy is infinitely less multiplex than the real deal, which is multiplex to the point of being unknowable."
- William Gibson

Steel-Lined Space Boots  
  In combination with a magnetized floor, allows the user to walk in zero gravity.  

Suddenly he was hurled backward, saved only from falling by the attraction of his steel-lined space boots to the magnetized floor that served as gravitational pull when they were far away from either the Earth's or Moon's attraction. Mansell laughed shortly. He had touched the rocket control, and the cruising ship had suddenly surged forward.
Technovelgy from Roamer of the Stars, by Clyde Wilson.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Compare to space-boots from The Passing of Ku Sui (1932) by Anthony Gilmore, magnetic boots from Atomic Fire (1931) by Raymond Z. Gallun, antigrav boots from The Day We Celebrate (1941) by Nelson S. Bond, magnetic shoes from The Dual World (1938) by Arthur K. Barnes, the neutronium slippers from Revolt on the Tenth World (1940) by Edmond Hamilton, space socks from Lost Rocket (1941) by Manly Wade Wellman, the weight shoes from The World With A Thousand Moons (1942) by Edmond Hamilton, magnetic sandals from The Warriors (1966) by Larry Niven, magnetic-soled shoes from Space Tug (1953) by Murray Leinster, the grip shoes from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Arthur C. Clarke and the flexible sprung boots from Inherit the Stars (1977) by James P. Hogan.

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