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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders."
- Larry Niven

Flexible Sprung Boots  
  Boots designed to be flexible when walking, but upon a hard step, will have a spring characteristic.  

Hunt noticed the soles of the boots were surprisingly thick. “Sprung interior,” Danchekker supplied, following his gaze. “What’s that?” “It’s quite ingenious. The mechanical properties of the sole material vary with applied pressure. With the wearer walking at normal speed, the sole would remain mildly flexible. Under impact, however, for example if he jumped, it assumes the characteristics of a stiff spring. It’s an ideal device for kangarooing along in lunar gravity, utilizing conditions of reduced weight but normal inertia to advantage.
From Inherit the Stars, by James P. Hogan.
Published by Del Rey in 1977
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