I've retested on different surfaces and it's not just noisy on vinyl. It has the same problem on laminate, wood and even concrete. On carpet, the noise is gone or at least well contained. Carpet=ultimate shoe silencing material
. Not too keen on putting any material on the soles that will mark our floors or cause me injury. I will get into a lot of trouble for that.
The noise is from soft rubber or neoprene in the sole that has not been cured (or vulcanized) to be hard. It has the benefit of gripping better on smooth surfaces, but obviously is noisier.
This is a credible explanation for the noise. The shoes themselves are quite flexible--with a soft, rather than hard sole.
Or just don't wear shoes indoors.
I have always worn shoes indoors since I was a child and it is difficult to change. But this isn't the problem: it's the shoes. If I wore these to work outside of home, it would be quite embarassing and downright annoying.
Are these new shoes? They probably just need to be worn down a bit...go run around outside in some gravel for a couple of days.
I have had them for quite a while; they are not particularly new. The noisiness has actually increased with time. I won't mention the brand, but apart from the noisy outsoles, these shoes were manufactured to a high quality. Many shoes I have bought have literally fallen apart after a few months. These have held up very well.
Hmm, I will give these shoes a thorough cleaning and see if it that helps. If it doesn't, I may try putting some other material on the soles that will reduce the contact noise with the floor. I wonder if there are any places that sell an attachable outsole?
Anyway, thanks for the tips. This sounds like a silly problem to bring up, but I assure you, it's a genuine one. Is kind of silly though
Strap a wet squirming fish to the bottom of your feet.
Okay, next time I will just buy two live fish and wear them to work. They'll probably make less noise than these shoes.