Just by personal observation from various barefoot running forums there seems to be a lot of people who are in extreme doubt, and in a struggle converting to barefoot running. Their transition consists of multiple minimal footwear, still pondering to go bare. If you want to run barefoot, skip all minimal footwear. I went from wearing Asic Kayano’s (the biggest marshmallow shoe you can buy), donating them to goodwill, and every running shoe i had, leaving me no choice but to run barefoot. It was fun, (still is fun), a challenge, and all worth it. Stop second guessing yourself folks, just do it.
I think the massive rise of minimal footwear has soften people’s ambitions to barefoot running, it’s like purgatory. They are stuck in the middle. The profusion of minimal footwear, the excess of internet information about barefoot running has given people too much information to think about. People are forgetting how to do things by themselves. I had no clue about “technique” when i started. Running barefoot taught me those techniques, instead of a book, or the internet. My transition was far from glorious, i had my share of injuries, and setbacks, it comes with the territory and it’s perfectly normal. In fact, each injury, ache, and pain was learning lesson.
This message is not to downgrade minimal footwear, though I do think minimal footwear, and “barefoot” running shoes (gotta love that term), is confusing people what barefoot running really means.