Slask, the Swedish word for slush

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Slask

We know it all too well: the slush that remains after it has snowed but it is just not cold enough for the snow to remain. In Swedish they call this slush ‘slask’.

Puddles of slush at the crosswalk

Let me take Stockholm as an example. If it does snow there, it is often not cold enough for the snow to stay for a long time. And when that snow starts to melt, a dirty gunk quickly forms on the sidewalk: slask or slush. Believe me, you don’t want to go through that with your nice shoes or low sneakers.

I am a fan of the crossings in Stockholm (and the rest of Sweden): there is an inclined path almost everywhere so that you can easily get off the sidewalk with a trolley, wheelchair or buggy. Unfortunately, these are also places where slush accumulates quickly. So pay attention and take a big jump or cross the road next to it.

Slask / slush proof shoes

In the winter months it is certainly on my packing list when I travel to Sweden: warm but especially waterproof shoes. I chose a pair of comfortable sneakers with lining. They are a bit higher than the average sneaker so that they are also slask / slush proof. In the sneakers I still put wool soles so that my feet stay extra warm.

Even when I travel to Östersund or Lapland in the winter, for example, I take these sneakers with me. Always handy for short walks to the store or for the journey there. Easy so I don’t have to put on my snow boots on the train.

If I am going on a city trip to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö in the winter, my slask / slush proof sneakers will of course also travel with me. Even if no snow is forecast! Because they are waterproof, they are also useful on rainy days.

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21 January 2021
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