YES, I love to run completely barefoot at our local soccer complex, but have found favorite new gear for "baretoed" running. I see at least one other person here has mentioned the book Born To Run. I've adopted as many of the healthy habits of the Tarahumara as possible and had become a vegan after contacting vegan Ironman athlete Ruth Heidrich from the book back in Dec. 2010. Dr. McDougall was key to helping Ruth cure her own late stage breast cancer via his diet way back in 1982, while skipping chemo/radiation. And, at age 77, Ruth is experimenting with the huaraches I'm wearing for "baretoed" running. These best simulate barefoot, as the floating outsole rides under the ball of the foot and the foot is very much unwrapped. The custom lightweight outsole is laced on with one "shoestring".
My link below takes you to more info on them, and they are only available on-line to my knowldege. It's wise to order extra lacing and I've come up with my own way to lace them and go marathon distance with no adjustments needed.http://www.InvisibleShoe.com/go/Randy_Kreill
With my huaraches in the 4MM size, I've gotten to the point I can run the most technical trails in them and I'm planning to run a first official marathon in them on Mar. 25, 2012 in Xenia OH. Then a couple 50K's which lead to a 50 mile trail race on June 30th that I've just signed up for called the Dawg Gone Long 50 Miler at Caesar's Creek Lake in Ohio. That's a key event I hope to finish, as my 50th birthday is in late Aug. For now, I'm thinking the most comfortable method will be in all or mostly huaraches.
Entire books are written on running, so, I'll summarize that for over two years I've been going more and more minimlist after using Chi Running by Danny Dreyer to learn proper technique and "ecises" by Pete Egoscue, author of Pain Free to rehab my injuries and try to prevent most of them. Just recently I've advanced to where I'm running marathon distance in a half day, doing multiple runs wearing only huaraches. The result, hamstring cramps went away and foot contact pain went away. Discomforts are still there, but what would be called productive discomforts. Patience is required to work thru the "top of the foot pain" that comes during transition out of old running shoes, best referred to as combat boots.
Part of the secret to the Tarahumaran style run sandals is that the front will roll underfoot if you don't pick up those feet quickly, so no lazy form allowed! Everything about them encourages good running form. Also, they are a low cost, very lightweight, long lasting option. 5000 mile warranty included, so they are like tire treads for the feet.
Vibram Five Fingers didn't work with my toes, and XC flats/minimalist trail shoes, even in wide sizes, make my feet hurt. My first pair of "invisible shoes" came in an envelope in the mail in late Sept., 2010. So, progress has been relatively fast. [color=#0000FF][color=#0000FF][color=#0000FF][color=#0040FF][color=#0000FF][/color][/color][/color][/color][/color]