3 Ways to Walk Quietly

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3 Ways to Walk Quietly
3 Ways to Walk Quietly

Have you ever wanted to learn to walk without being heard and surprise someone? This is an art that takes time to master. Read on to learn how to take the first silent steps.


Method 1 of 3: Moving Carefully

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Step 1. Look where you're walking

It's much harder to be silent when walking on gravel than it is on grass or soft earth. Assess the terrain and determine a quieter route. Whether indoors or outdoors, try to move on materials that help you avoid noise.

  • If you are walking in a forest or outdoors, try walking on grass or soft earth. Walk on wet leaves, but avoid dry ones.
  • When walking outdoors, look for rocks or roots that make less noise than leaves and branches. Place your weight on the rock or root carefully to avoid noise. Once that's done, support yourself completely.
  • In an urban setting, avoid wooden walkways, continuous areas, cobblestones and other materials that tend to make noise.
  • At home, walk on mats whenever possible.
  • When climbing trees and cliffs, pay attention to where your feet are resting. Try to find points that support the entire front half of your feet, where all your toes will fit. If you are forced to step into the middle of a branch, or climb the side of a cliff, do so slowly and proceed with caution. A little oversight can dislodge a shower of debris or break a branch, warning observers.
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Step 2. Observe your surroundings

The path you walk on is just as susceptible to creating noise as your feet. When walking silently, it is important to be aware of your surroundings to avoid anything that might give you away.

  • Avoid twigs and branches that can get caught in your clothes.
  • Avoid creaking gates and fences.
  • Avoid bumping into piles of objects that could fall or catch your clothes.
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Step 3. Move closer to the ground

Walk in a slightly lowered posture, engaging all of your muscles as you move. This lessens the impact of your foot on the ground, allowing for a smoother movement. Keep your body compact, distributing your weight evenly so you don't bang your feet loudly on the ground.

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Step 4. Support your heel first and then your toes

After fully supporting your heel, gently lower your foot until it touches the floor with your toes. As you walk, rotate your hips slightly to gain even more control over your steps. If possible, lean on the outer edge of your shoe.

  • If you need to move quickly, stay low and run using the same type of stride described above.
  • As you move backwards, place the ball of your foot on the floor first and support your heel afterwards.
  • Running on tiptoe can make you more agile and stealthy, but be careful; this requires a lot of strength in the feet and legs and a great deal of flexibility in the ankle and foot joints. You will need to focus on balance. This type of footprint also leaves stronger marks on soft surfaces (since your weight is centered on a smaller surface).
  • Land gently. Running or jumping silently is difficult, but it can be done if you have mastered the art of landing quietly. Drop down in a crouch, in a balanced position and without hitting the ground too hard.
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Step 5. Keep your arms close to your body

Try not to use your hands and arms to balance on walls to avoid knocking things over and giving away your presence. Instead, fall into a compact position that makes you feel comfortable and balanced.

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Step 6. Move most of your weight and pressure away from your feet when walking

Of course, it's impossible to undo all the weight and pressure you put on your feet. Theoretically, you should feel like your feet are empty (but not numb). Transfer pressure to your toes. This way you will be aware of your surroundings and remain alert. This is useful for a number of reasons, especially for jumping. If there are leaves in your path, for example, you will need to jump. When jumping, try to land in a spot that isn't wet (like a puddle) and that doesn't have dry leaves or grass. Land on your toes and with the balls of your feet. Wearing sneakers here is ideal as the shoes muffle the sound.mage:Pretend-to-Be-an-Assassin-Step-1.jpg

Method 2 of 3: Using Proper Equipment

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Step 1. Wear soft shoes

The harder the shoes, the louder. The best type of footwear is leather socks or moccasins, but some types of boots and sneakers work well. Avoid boots with hard soles, shoes with heels or shoes that hinder your mobility in any way. Comfortable and soft shoes are the best option.

  • Sweaty socks can make noise. If you sweat a lot, use two pairs of socks to mask the sound.
  • Walking barefoot can be the most stealthy way to move, but it can also be the noisiest if you step on a noisy object and start screaming in pain. Also, sweaty feet can stick to the floor and make noise. It is possible to reduce this noise by reducing contact with the floor and walking on the outer edges of the balls of the feet. But be careful; this requires very great balance and strength. Decide whether walking barefoot is the best choice for the environment in which you are moving.
  • Do not wear damp or wet shoes; in addition to making noise, wet shoes can leave stains on the floor and alert observers to your presence. When these stains dry, they can become sharp impressions of your footwear, especially on surfaces such as concrete.
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Step 2. Wear shoes that fit snugly against your foot

If your feet slip inside the shoes, they can make a noise, especially if your feet are sweaty. If you are wearing shoes with laces, put them inside the shoe. Otherwise they may make noise while you are moving.

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Step 3. Avoid loose clothing

Loose pants can rub against your legs, making a characteristic noise. Wearing tight pants can minimize this problem. Cotton clothing and other soft fabrics can also help with noise.

  • Put your shirt into your pants and your pant leg into your shoes or socks. This will make your floor much quieter.
  • Shorts are more likely to make noise and you can't get them into your socks. If you need to wear shorts, try tying a rubber band or rope around your knees, securing the garment but avoiding cutting off circulation.

Method 3 of 3: Keeping Quiet

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Step 1. Prepare your body

If you have time to prepare before a situation that calls for stealth, take a few steps that will help you make less noise as you walk. For example:

  • Stretch before walking silently. This is a great idea as it will keep your bones from cracking and your joints from stiffening. Stretching will make you feel looser, preventing sudden movements from betraying your presence.
  • Don't be on an empty stomach or too full. Your body gets heavier after eating and therefore noisier.
  • Go to the bathroom before trying to walk silently.
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Step 2. Breathe steadily

You may be tempted to hold your breath, but it's best to breathe slowly and steadily through your nose. That way, you don't risk breathing too loudly when you need to take in air. When your nose is congested, take a deep breath.

You can feel your breathing quicken as adrenaline rushes through your body. If this happens, take a break, catch your breath, and take a few deep breaths to alleviate your anxiety. Check that your breathing has normalized before continuing

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Step 3. Synchronize your stride with each other

If you're following someone, you can hide the sound of their footsteps by walking at their pace. Step with the left foot at the same time the person does. This will help mask any noise your feet might make.

Be careful not to overdo it when following someone. Otherwise, you will get caught if the person stops abruptly

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Step 4. Mingle with your surroundings

If you're passing through a wooded area with dry branches, leaves, and dense grass that keeps you from being completely silent, take irregular movements and breaks. To avoid being noticed, don't walk at an obvious pace.

  • Imitate the sounds around you. For example, a forest is usually not silent, but filled with the sounds of birds and small animals. They usually move for short distances, pause to feed or sniff out predators, and continue for another short distance.
  • Use other noises (animal movement, gusts of wind, etc.) to suppress or camouflage the sound.
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Step 5. Stay still for as long as necessary

If your goal is to move over terrain quietly, you'll need to stay still occasionally. While you're doing this, take a look at your surroundings before proceeding. Take your time to get around anything that might give you away.

If you are following someone or trying not to be seen, there will be times when patience will be indispensable. Stand still and wait for the person to pass or the tension to ease before moving forward


  • Train your brain to stay more focused. Move your eyes constantly from one object to another. This technique is great for detecting danger quickly.
  • If you're following someone who suspects your presence, stay calm. Act discreetly as if you are not aware of the person's presence. The worst thing you can do is panic and draw attention to yourself.
  • While this isn't related to the noise issue, be careful with your shadow. If there is a strong light behind you, your shadow will be projected and instinctively perceived by the subject. Move into a more compact position to minimize this risk.
  • When walking through a house with wooden floors, stay close to the wall to minimize floor creaking. The same goes for stairs.
  • When opening doors, apply upward pressure to prevent squeaks. Also, fully turn the knob before applying any pressure to the door. Keep the handle fully turned when pushing the door, and when you close it, wait for it to be fully in place before releasing the handle.
  • Do not move or shift your weight from one foot to the other during a break. You must remain immobile in any position you stop (whether when you encounter an obstacle or because of any other necessity). Constantly moving to relax your body will create continuous noise, small sounds that can reveal your weight or size far outweighs that of small animals. Try to take breaks in positions that are as comfortable as possible and can be held for an extended period of time if your position is potentially compromised.
  • Stay away from animals that will react to your presence.
  • Again, although this is not related to movement, when moving towards a group of people with a light source, be aware that the ring of darkness that is just at the end of the light source's illumination capability is the most important point. dark environment, however contradictory it may seem. This is because the sudden change in lighting poses a difficult adjustment for the eyes.
  • If you're sneaking around, keep upwind. There are animals and people with a very keen sense of smell.
  • If tight-fitting clothing is not possible, try walking without allowing your pant legs to rub against each other, creating a noticeable noise in quiet environments. Woolen clothes are quieter.


  • Never sneak around other people's homes, especially at night. Even if it's a friend's house. You could be at serious risk of being injured or killed.
  • Be careful not to use key chains or other items that could give away your position.
  • When walking in snow, be very careful because of the characteristic noise and easily traceable footprints.
  • Do not try to practice these techniques in public places at night as people may misinterpret your actions.
  • Beware of sand or other airborne particles, with small amounts that can stick to your shoes. If you step on a hard surface, these particles will make a lot of noise when crushed. This is not really a problem on soft surfaces, but it is better to completely avoid this possible danger.
  • Never use these skills to surprise someone in the dark, especially if you don't know the person well. When caught, you could end up being physically injured or taken to the police.
  • If you move closer to a person or animal, they may become afraid and instinctively attack you, before realizing that you are not a threat.
  • It's okay to be tempted to test your skills, but don't use them to do anything illegal or harmful.
  • If you need to take something that makes a noise with you, put it in a tight pocket to avoid making noises at the wrong times. You can also minimize any sounds by securing all items with tape.
  • Coin or key sounds can also be reduced by storing each item in a separate pocket or some other safe place.

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