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"No one has ever produced a statement of fact that was technically true. The most accurate statements of science we have today are accurate to only 15 decimal places."
- Bart Kosko

Magnetic Boots  
  Special footgear holds spacemen to the metal deck in spite of the lack of gravity.  

This is the earliest reference that I know about.

His "planet" was the smallest in the solar system, and the loneliest, Thad Allen was thinking, as he straightened wearily in the huge, bulging, inflated fabric of his Osprey space armor. Walking awkwardly in the magnetic boots that held him to the black mass of meteoric iron, he mounted a projection and stood motionless, staring moodily away through the vision panels of his bulky helmet into the dark mystery of the void.
From Salvage in Space, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1933
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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.

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