"I was involved in a cloning project. .. to send me into outer space along with a lot of other people. Not the whole me - just a hair from my head, while I still had some. I would thus pop up in another galaxy in the distant future."
This is a relatively early reference - I'm still hunting for earlier ones.
See also the magnetic shoes from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug and the grip shoes from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also, a very early reference, the magnetic boots from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson.
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