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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Space Socks  
  Protective garments for the lower extremities.  

No astronaut should be without a good pair of socks when braving the airless vacuum of space.

Stooping, he undid his magnetized boots. With bits of line he bound the ankles of the overalls so that no air would escape, then stepped out of the boots, which clung firmly in place on the hull. He hoped that his thick socks would baffle for a time the chill of naked space..."
From Lost Rocket, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Space socks. I'm hoping most of my readers realize that you'll need more than socks to keep your feet intact in vacuum.

Compare to the space boots from Space Cadet (1948) by Robert Heinlein.

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