"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
This is a relatively early reference - I'm still hunting for earlier ones.
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. Also, a very early reference, the magnetic boots from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson.
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