"As the rate of technological development speeds up, the gap between science fiction and what we’re living now is getting narrower all the time."
Compare to other specialized footgear like grip shoes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke, magnetic-soled shoes from Space Tug, by Murray Leinster, magnetic shoes from The Dual World by Arthur K. Barnes, 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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