Lately I've been seeing (and now noticing) a lot of hype about running/going barefoot and how it is better for your feet. I recently finished the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and that book alone did enough to convince me that going barefoot is not only natural, but good for us!
First I noticed a short article in Fitness magazine's June issue about running barefoot. Then, in the August issue of Whole Living magazine, they had an article titled "Better Off Barefoot?" It was a good article that summed up almost everything I've learned so far about the benefits of going barefoot: the modern shoe weakens the foot and causes us to land heel-first, which causes a lot of strain and impact... and the foot has more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making it a true marvel of nature's design!
Seems like everyone is jumping on this bandwagon. I hope it's because it makes scientific and logical sense; going barefoot is what we were born to do... and not just a trend intended to sell us expensive "barefoot" shoes. Shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers - which, by the way, I was tempted into buying and I know own my own pair of the Sprints. They were expensive, yes, but they are great quality and I have so far enjoyed them. I wear them while working out, and I really love the grip they give, but I can still move my toes. I also want to get into running again, so have been trying to run a little bit in these shoes so my legs and muscles can get used to running without a lot of padding.
So far, so good!