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I've had the word 'clicking' down for a while, but it truly doesn't capture what I'm trying to express. I have a very distinct sound in my head, but I just can't find the right word. I would just leave it and move on, but it's bugging me to the point that I can no longer push it aside. Can someone help? (Clarification: the character is walking in non-athletic, typical teenager sneakers; not boots, or heels, or anything that would make a clicking sound.)

  • wet pavement make an unsticking sound when you lift your foot off of it, more than any sound from treading on it, unless there are puddles that splat. – jlovegren May 10 '18 at 2:10
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    It depends greatly on the nature of the pavement, and how wet. – Hot Licks May 10 '18 at 2:10
  • I agree with @HotLicks . try to find out whether it's asphalt or concrete, then how porous the surface is. if it's porous and warm, and no water accumulating, maybe you hear nothing. the water prevents the usual sound of dust grinding under the show. – jlovegren May 10 '18 at 2:13
  • @jlovegren It's a city sidewalk; smooth concrete. The rain has only just begun, but the entire day has been heavy and misty. Cool weather. Not too hot, not too cold. There most likely aren't any deep puddles on the surface, though perhaps a thin layer of water? – Eliza S. May 10 '18 at 2:18
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    then it is like a soft clap. – jlovegren May 10 '18 at 2:22
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squelch [ODOL]

verb
[no object]
1 Make a soft sucking sound such as that made by treading heavily through mud.
‘bedraggled guests squelched across the lawns’

(ibid.)

'… I swear as I was walking about in Williton today I could almost feel the pavement squelching underfoot, as if the water has crept up and is laying directly underneath.’

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