Shoes vs Barefoot runners is always a hot topic
Here is a great article that I got a lot out of -> http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/06 ... o-run.html
Despite the bit I quoted below it is a very balanced article, well worth a read.
[quote]The argument here is that injury rates were 70% in the 70s and 70% in the 2000s. So, despite shoe technology, which is hugely different, we still get injured just as much. And sure, this is true, and when viewed together with the other evidence about shoes, I think it's a good case.
But just remember that the people who are running in the 2000s are not necessarily the same as those running in the 70s. When I think of running in the 70s, I think of Amby Burfoot - small, wiry, probably ultra-economical (sorry Amby! Thanks for reading!).
When I think of running in 2011, I think of Oprah Winfrey... sorry Oprah. Simply, the people who run marathons today are not the same kind of runner. They are heavier, slower, and probably do less training but then still run the marathon distance. When viewed this way, it's perhaps not surprising that 70% are getting injured. If anything, it suggests that shoes may be helping, because many of the runners of 2011 are walking/jogging/running injury risks!
Maybe we should start a Shoe Vs Barefoot running thread and thrash out the right answer?