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"But the problem with reincarnation is that it's hard to imagine what the storage medium for past lives would be. Not to mention the input-output device. I hesitate to rule it out completely, but I'd need pretty definite proof."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Magnetic Shoes  
  Footgear magnetized for working on steel hulls.  

An early reference to this idea

Two men crawled about the gleaming hull, equipped with magnetic shoes. Both wore antiseptic helmets, as they, worked slowly forward from stern to bow. The forernost carried a heat-ray gun, with the beam diffused and spread wide. Every time he came to one of the many ugly .yellowish blotches that dotted the hull, he rayed it out of existence, then moved on.
From The Dual World, by Arthur K. Barnes.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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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, 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 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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