Personally, I have no interest in the "minimalist" or barefoot running movement.
While I don't plan to "black bottom" my feet any time soon, I know it has a lot of people talking in the running community. My take is that it's too dangerous to run without that support given the impact running has on your lower extremities. Shoe companies have invested a LOT of money in engineering shoes that help you prevent injuries.
Additionally, it's a personal safety issue for me. Why do I want to risk cutting and/or infecting my feet?
this story from FOX 6 News in Milwaukee offered some interesting opinions I thought I would share.