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"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."
- Vernor Vinge

Magnetic Shoes  
  Footgear magnetized for working on steel hulls.  

An early reference to this idea

Two men crawled about the gleaming hull, equipped with magnetic shoes. Both wore antiseptic helmets, as they, worked slowly forward from stern to bow. The forernost carried a heat-ray gun, with the beam diffused and spread wide. Every time he came to one of the many ugly .yellowish blotches that dotted the hull, he rayed it out of existence, then moved on.
From The Dual World, by Arthur K. Barnes.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Compare to magnetic-soled shoes from Space Tug (1953) by Murray Leinster, magnetic sandals from The Warriors (1966) by Larry Niven, magneslippers from Accidental Flight (1952) by WF Wallace and magnetized boots from Lost Rocket (1941) by Manly Wade Wellman.

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