how to walk silently
Walking silently is an art that most people have successfully developed. With practice, one can improve and master the art of stealth. It’s not funny, don’t giggle, chuckle, stifle–or laugh under your breath–at each other or even at yourself: be dead serious! Be the sneaky snake: move like a breeze, not a storm..
Get soft footwear. The harder your footwear, the louder the noise. The best type of footwear is socks or leather moccasins (Tabi-boots or sneakers also work well). If you sweat too much in your socks, so that it makes noise, wear a double pair of socks. When at all possible, avoid slapping or splatting the floor with bare feet–walk on the balls of your feet, not on the tiptoes–when indoors (if feet are sweaty and on flat surfaces, this may make lots of noise, if they stick to coating on the floor and make a stripping sound) and avoid hard-soled boots (because of their bulk and material, boots are more difficult to walk quietly in).
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Wear sparse, tight clothing. When walking, one’s legs and clothes rub together, creating noise. Minimizing your gear will prevent this. Also, wearing light clothing helps. It prevents the fabric from making as much noise due to normal rubbing. Tight clothing also does not rub together as much but don’t wear clothing so tight that you can’t breathe or move. Tucking your shirt into your pants and tucking your pants legs into your shoes or socks (works best with tall socks). Shorts are more prone to moving around and making noise and since you can’t tuck your shorts into your socks. Try tying a piece of string or elastic around them at your knees, but not so tightly that you will cut off circulation.
3Breathe quietly. Unless congested, take slow and measured breaths from the nose. If congested, open your mouth wide and take deep controlled breaths. Never hold your breath while walking or running, always breathe.
Match the cadence of the person you are following (i.e. when the person steps with his or her left foot, you use your left foot). This will help mask any noise your feet may make. Remember that sound travels at about 340 meters per second,(1116 ft/sec) depending on the temperature, so you might need to adjust your walk accordingly: Note the delay between the visual step and the sound of the step from the one you are following, and try to use the same delay for your steps, only the other way around – you must step slightly before the person you are following.
6Place the heel of your foot down first and roll your foot slowly and gently towards your toes onto the ground. The hips can be rotated slightly to make this technique easier. Walk on the outer edge of your shoes if possible. For more balance and support, bend low at the knees. If moving swiftly, run/leap from location to location in this manner. Avoid landing flatfooted. When moving backwards, this is reversed, so that the ball of the foot (the padded part just before the toes) is placed down first, and then the heel lowered to the ground. However, if speed is not an issue, walking flatfooted (putting your whole foot down at once) can be more quiet.
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