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In Other Shoes – Faroese Skølingar

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Winter is coming – here’s a Faroese trick to keep you from falling once the ground gets slippery.

“Faroese skølingar. Given to me January 6th 1958 by Mrs. Johannesen, Heldörsvik. There is only one. Skølingar are used “on top of” regular shoes, when walking on slippery surfaces. They can be made from all kinds of different rags, sewed together in a manner resembling a regular “hudesko” – they even have the same kind of shoelaces. They can also be knitted.” – Søren L. Tuxen

// Emma Louise Pedersen


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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