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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

Vacuum-Cupped Sandals  
  Used for walking in weightless environments.  

He was an elderly fellow a wealthy importer, I understood, in Ambelah. His dark cloak shrouded him a tall, but bent figure, bare-headed, with the starlight gleaming on his mass of gray-white hair, long about his ears in the Venus fashion. His vacuum-cupped sandals squished on the metal-grid of the deck as he walked...

I was on my feet, but I did not offer the chair. Graeff nodded, teetering on his sandals, unsteady as though with senility.

From Voyage 13, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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I'm trying to imagine what these sounded like as you walked around...

Compare to the magnetic sandals from Star of Dreams (1941) by Jack Williamson; this article has references to other space footgear.

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