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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Weight-Shoes  
  Devices intended to make it easier to walk on celestial bodies with weaker gravity.  

Captain Walls supervised as they all donned lead-soled weight-shoes to compensate for the weaker gravity. Then they emerged, young Lanning being supported by Murdock and Robbie. Kenniston and the Jovian were last to emerge, under the watchful guns of their guards.
From The World With A Thousand Moons, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1942
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It is difficult to see how this would help, unless the shoes weighed many times as much as a person. In which case inertia would make walking even more difficult...

Compare with the magnetic-soled shoes from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug, a much more sensible solution (for use primarily on ships in zero-gee).

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