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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Space Socks  
  Protective garments for the lower extremities.  

No astronaut should be without a good pair of socks when braving the airless vacuum of space.

Stooping, he undid his magnetized boots. With bits of line he bound the ankles of the overalls so that no air would escape, then stepped out of the boots, which clung firmly in place on the hull. He hoped that his thick socks would baffle for a time the chill of naked space..."
Technovelgy from Lost Rocket, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Space socks. I'm hoping most of my readers realize that you'll need more than socks to keep your feet intact in vacuum.

Compare to space-boots from The Passing of Ku Sui (1932) by Anthony Gilmore, magnetic boots from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson, antigrav boots from The Day We Celebrate (1941) by Nelson S. Bond, magnetic shoes from The Dual World (1938) by Arthur K. Barnes, Steel-Lined Space Boots from Roamer of the Stars (1938) by Clyde Wilson, the neutronium slippers from Revolt on the Tenth World (1940) by Edmond Hamilton, 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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