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"When you're making a revolution in cyberspace, things look rather different from the way the 1980s cyberpunks wrote it."
- Charles Stross

Mudshoes  
  Footgear specialized for the semisolid soil of Venus  

He pulled on his enveloping suit of rubberlike transkin; he strapped the great bowls of mudshoes to his feet; he tied the precious bag of spore-pods to his shoulders, packed some food, and then burst into the open...

One couldn’t stand still in the midst of a mudspout, even with the bowllike mudshoes as support. Once let the viscous stuff flow over the rim and the luckless victim was trapped; he couldn’t raise his foot against the suction, and first slowly, then more quickly, he’d follow the shack.

So Ham started off over the boiling swamp, walking with the peculiar sliding motion he had learned by much practice, never raising the mudshoes above the surface, but sliding them along, careful that no mud topped the curving rim.

From Parasite Planet, by Stanley G. Weinbaum.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1935
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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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