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- Charles Stross

Neutronium Slippers  
  Special footgear to keep ones footing in lower gravities.  

Crane brought the old cruiser smoothly down to the line of a half-dozen parked ships. Rocket jets churned up the ocher soil furiously, then were cut out as the ship landed with a sharp jar.

"Neutronium slippers, lad," reminded old Whitey as Crane unstrapped himself. "Not much gravity to this moon, you know."

Crane nodded and slipped on the over-slippers that contained a thin plate of super-heavy neutronium to make his weight normal. Then, shuffling a little awkwardly, he emerged...

From Revolt on the Tenth World, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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See also the magnetic shoes from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug, the magnetized boots from Lost Rocket (1941), by Manly Wade Wellman, the steel-lined space boots from Roamer of the Stars (1938) by Clyde Wilson and the grip shoes from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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