I just read not long ago how to stop rubber soles from squeeking on wet floors and the answer was shockingly easy.You lot in North America (US/Canada) are so lucky that you have such easy access to so many good shoes. Over here I live in a small part of the UK where most shops only sell cheap (or not so cheap) fashion shoes. So many of the shops that sold actual walking shoes have gone out of business due to the effects of internet shopping. When I knew exactly what shoes I wanted, I was happy to order over the internet but bit by bit my old favourites have ceased to exist. I wore a lot of Rockports and "approach" shoes over the years. Now I hesitate to order online as the most common complaint is sizing. If I order and get the wrong size, sending them back is a real pain. However I recently bought some hiking / walking shoes from a brand called Mountain Warehouse and they have so far been great. The only downside is that the Vibram soles squeak like Donald Duck when wet on a vinyl floor. It did make me smile though.
For daily walks I wear flip flops and alternate between that and barefoot during the walk. I have a very specific agenda to toughen my feet since I am a surfer. In areas we surf around the world there are rocks with tiny Barnacles that will just cut your feet up if they're not tough. And I would rather not wear booties in hot weather surfing.
As a lad I walked barefoot on hot asphalt in summer and in winter snow and ice. My friends would laugh saying "you've got congo feet". Skateboarding barefoot was a thing then.
Might be why my feet, ankles, knees, and hips pop like a bowl of rice crispies these days when I walk?