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"The best fuzzy rules, the best knowledge, deal with the turning points of the system. If a race-car driver teaches you how to drive, you don't need him to show you how to drive on the straightaway. It's how he handles the curves that matters."
- Bart Kosko

Magnetic Sandals  
  Special footgear to walk in zero-gee spacecraft.  

Magnetic sandals clicked outside. Haldane opened the door. Captain Kellon, smiling suavely, handed him a pair of metal-soled footgear, and a weighted belt...

Magnetic soles clicking on a path of flexible expanded metal, Kellon led them toward the edge of the field.

Technovelgy from Star of Dreams, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Comet in 1941
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Larry Niven uses this phrase in his 1966 story The Warriors:

Jim Davis had come into view... He bounced by, walking on magnetic sandals, looking like a comedian as he bobbed about the magnetic plates. "Hi, group," he called as he went by.

Compare to space-boots from The Passing of Ku Sui (1932) by Anthony Gilmore, magnetic boots from Atomic Fire (1931) by Raymond Z. Gallun, mudshoes from Parasite Planet (1935) by Stanley G. Weinbaum, vacuum-cupped sandals from Voyage 13 (1938) by Ray Cummings, 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, 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-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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