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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Neutronium Slippers  
  Special footgear to keep ones footing in lower gravities.  

Crane brought the old cruiser smoothly down to the line of a half-dozen parked ships. Rocket jets churned up the ocher soil furiously, then were cut out as the ship landed with a sharp jar.

"Neutronium slippers, lad," reminded old Whitey as Crane unstrapped himself. "Not much gravity to this moon, you know."

Crane nodded and slipped on the over-slippers that contained a thin plate of super-heavy neutronium to make his weight normal. Then, shuffling a little awkwardly, he emerged...

From Revolt on the Tenth World, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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See also the magnetic shoes from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug, the magnetized boots from Lost Rocket (1941), by Manly Wade Wellman, the steel-lined space boots from Roamer of the Stars (1938) by Clyde Wilson and the grip shoes from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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