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"If I had to get a new Ph.D. now, I'd get it in polymer engineering - the manipulation of matter."
- Bart Kosko

Grip Shoes  
  Shoes with velcro soles used to walk in weightless environments.  

The stewardess came walking up the narrow corridor to the right of the closely spaced seats. There was a slight buoyancy about her steps, and her feet came away from the floor reluctantly as if entangled in glue. She was keeping to the bright yellow band of Velcro carpeting that ran the full length of the floor - and of the ceiling... This trick of walking in free fall was immensely reassuring to disoriented passengers.

From 2001: A Space Odyssey , by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Del Rey in 1968
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This lets the stewardess walk "upside down." These are, of course, the Pan Am Grip Shoes (TM).

Thanks to Winchell Chung at Project Rho for the photo.

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