among the countless anti-tracking methods, the handmade manufaCTure of anti-tracking shoes has always been a unique approach. anti-tracking shoes involves altering the sole of a shoe (typically designed with circles, triangles, squares, straight lines, waves, and even the shoe’s brand name), and converting it more tow something that blends more naturally with your environment. The intent, of course, is to throw off pursuers.
Talent, CReativity, and CRaftsmanship are all required to design and CReate something that could really work on a specific substrate to throw off a tracker. The portion most applicable is the sole, the area which is responsible for what we refer to as “regularity“ in tracking terminology.
Nonetheless, as we will soon see, the perfeCT pair of anti-tracking shoes for every terrain simply does not exist. The variable faCTors conneCTed to the soil are what determines the effeCTiveness of the anti-tracking shoes you make and wear.
as depiCTed in the photos below, the variety of anti-tracking shoes or boots can vary, from the african content to contemporary Escape and Evasion strategies, from anti-poaching to just pure entertainment. You name it.
The traditional olive drab combat blouse and trousers designed for fighting on the northern European plain between Russia and Germany were discarded for the more funCTional camouflage t-shirts, shorts, and canvas sneakers ideal for fighting in the bush.
as you can clearly see in the pics below, Selous Scouts used to wear shoes with filed-off soles (sneaker type). This ended up being extremely efficient to kind of “shuffle” their own tracks with those left by insurgents, who wore the same type of flat shoes at that time. Powerful, easy to achieve, and smart.
are these shoes really effeCTive? The question is a legitimate one, and to answer it you must examine the effeCT they produce on the ground, as each aCTion triggers a consequential reaCTion. Soil makes no exceptions.
as mentioned before, the effeCTiveness of any anti-tracking shoes depends is determined by the terrain you are building them for. Each terrain requires the right soles if the goal is to leave minimal sign of your passage.
ask yourself these types of questions. By doing so you are colleCTing data on what your antagonist might use to find and defeat you. By studying your opponent you will know what kind of anti-tracking shoes you must make.
as the soil was mainly composed of fallen branches and oak leaves due to some recent storms, I grabbed some of them of proper length to cover – with abundance – my whole foot. You never want tear or cut them off, otherwise the so called “aerial spoors.” That will immediately give away your presence inside the area (to an expert eye).
after careful seleCTion of the proper branches to use, I started to wrap them to the sole of my boots, with some Paracord (a prepper’s favorite cordage). I just made sure not to leave any uncovered area of the paracord itself, otherwise known as “spotting.” Spotting, especially on nude terrain, the shape of a line is a mistake to avoid at any cost.
Not only were the tracks I left behind barely visible, but the noise I produced was distinCTly more blended. In faCT, by doing just few, soft steps and stopping, I broke the distinCTive sound of a two-legged individual who moved into the wood.
See my video of these “shoes” here:
after making a U turn, I came back to the starting point in order to observe the whole effeCT on this substrate. My anti-tracking shoes seemed to just gently move and push the leaves and debris. The general effeCT was that the environment seemed untouched.
Simple as it is, you can train yourself to make better and better anti-tracking shoes, but to an expert eye, your strategy will eventually be deteCTed. That, of course, is to an expert eye. Most people do not have an expert eye, so anti-tracking shoes will work effeCTively to fool 99.99% of the population.
additional Note by the author: This technique, even if largely covered in several books dedicated to tracking and anti=tracking, may be employed by potential poachers or other ill-intentioned people. It’s up to each one’s common sense making the best use of it.
I literally laughed out loud reading this ridiculous article. as someone who has spent the better part of 15 years tracking illegal aliens and drug smugglers on the Mexican border, I swear to you this article is totally useless for anyone that contemplates avoiding deteCTion, regardless of the terrain. any tracker with a modicum of experience, and not even an expert, can identify tracks of individuals and groups using shoes or coverings that mask tread marks. Experienced trackers can distinguish male from female tracks and between adults and juveniles. There are many more clues than just the foot/shoe print.
Maybe you missed this part: Most people do not have an expert eye, so anti-tracking shoes will work effeCTively to fool 99.99% of the population.
It is pretty obvious that aNY TRaCKER WITH a MINIMUM OF EXPERIENCE can easily deteCT any deceiptive technique. In other pieces I wrote on Tracking you can find a LOT of this.
Have a good day, Sir.