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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Steel-Lined Space Boots  
  In combination with a magnetized floor, allows the user to walk in zero gravity.  

Suddenly he was hurled backward, saved only from falling by the attraction of his steel-lined space boots to the magnetized floor that served as gravitational pull when they were far away from either the Earth's or Moon's attraction. Mansell laughed shortly. He had touched the rocket control, and the cruising ship had suddenly surged forward.
From Roamer of the Stars, by Clyde Wilson.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Compare to the magnetic-soled shoes from Space Tug (1953), by Murray Leinster.

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