I have bought a pair of Vibram Fivefingers KSO “shoes” and am giving minimalist running a shot. A couple of weeks ago I decided to go in that direction and was originally looking for a pair of flat, minimalistic, non-glove-style shoes. As I couldn’t decide on a pair, I decided to go as minimalistic as possible, without going completely barefooted. Blog posts around the net by marathoners and ultra-marathoners confirm that it is possible to become able to run long races in Fivefingers, and that was all I needed to hear.
Some of my reasoning is the following: If I ever want to try out minimalist running, or change my running style in some other fundamental way, this is a perfect time to do it, as I – due my recent shin/ankle problems – have to start “from scratch” anyway.
By the way – my shin/ankle has finally healed completely. It’s a joy.
I ran my first 2 km in the Fivefingers this morning 🙂