Great points Allegan. And as you said, "take your time". That's what it's all about. You don't want to move until you have a reason, and you KNOW WHERE YOUR FEET ARE GOING. When you do move your eyes need to be looking around you, not at your feet.
With good footgear, you can also many times slide your foot forward as you feel the ground without looking down if your just trying to shift your weight from one foot to the other.
Woodsie/Marc Anthony can the two of you recommend some good foot gear for still hunting? Also what do you wear under your ghillies...and I'm not trying to be fresh, lol...just curious if you wear jeans or moisture wicking apparel etc?
You want footwear that is lightweight, and thin soled enough that you can "feel" the ground as you set foot upon it. You also want footwear that lets your foot "curl" or bend so that you can put the toe of your leading foot down first with your foot arched, while you still have all the weight on your back foot, and then GENTLY set the rest of your foot down, feeling for sticks that might snap as you do. THEN you put the weight on it, and not before. Moccasins are perfect for this, and are why the native peoples of many hunter/gatherer cultures developed and used them.
Obviously 90% of your commercial hunting boots that have vibram soles, are about worthless for stillhunting. I use old fashioned Converse high top sneakers for most of my early season/dry day hunting. I spray them before the season with waterproofing for the dew, and they are a full size larger than what I normally wear so that I can put a couple pair of socks on, and/or a lightweight thinsulate bootie. After it gets colder or really wet I use Bean's Guide Boots with thinsulate liners and the rubber bottoms. People will warn you that wearing suuch thin soled footgear is inviting injury from rocks and the like, and they are right...IF you are hiking in them or covering a lot of ground. If you are stillhunting right you will be doing neither, and the slower you go the better.
I know it seems unlikely, but once you master the movement of your body balance and foot movement (combined with the right footwear), you can actually move almost silently through even dry leaves. I used to practice this if my buddy was in his stand by coming in from behind him, and seeing how close I could to him before he saw or heard me, Many times I got within 12 yards of him and sat on a log for 10 minutes or so before he looked or I made a sound to alert him. He didn't think it was a funny as I did!
I prefer wicking underwear and a light weight wool shirt for early season, and then layers as it gets colder. You will find that even on cold days you don't need half the clothing that you do when in a treestand. Even with the minimal movement you are doing you are still moving, and walking the way I described makes you use many of your major muscle groups. Try standing on a back foot with your knee bent, while your other foot/leg is poised in midair, even if it's only a foot or so off the ground (which is how I spend a lot of my time stillhunting if I see or hear any movement or sound, or THINK I hear any movement or sound) for 5 minutes or so, and you'll see what I mean. The ghillie suit itself lends itself to being warmer, because of all the dead air space. I do make sure in colder weather than I have decent gloves and handwarmers in easily accessable pockets, so I can take turns keeping my hands warm as one is always holding my bow/gun.