In old films, especially film noir, pavements are always wet. The sounds of men’s shoes as they walk makes a gravelly, scraping sound. I grew up loving this sound. I always wore rubber-soled sneakers, and I lived in southern California where the sun always shone. As soon as I could, I moved to the wet and dark northeast and bought myself some shoes with leather soles.
In my search for images and sounds of footsteps, I found that Fritz Lang made a film renowned for its audio effects, and which also includes an unusual clip with foot and shoe themes.