Now that minimalist and barefoot running have gone main stream, I regularly see people running in minimalist shoes (usually Vibrams). Occasionally I even see someone venturing out barefoot. I have to be honest, what I see worries me. So far, without exception, everyone that I’ve randomly stumbled across running minimalist or barefoot were all landing on their heels.
I’m concerned because these people are clearly either oblivious to need to improve their technique, or they've bought into the propaganda that they will just naturally and effortlessly be forced to adopt good running technique just by kicking off their shoes. Either way, these people are probably going end up injured. Furthermore, when they do get injured, most of these people probably won’t conclude that they needed to improve their technique. Unfortunately, they will likely come to conclusion, that barefoot and minimalist running are a bad idea.
If you are going to go barefoot or minimalist, please don’t be lazy. If you don’t want to take the time to learn and adopt proper running technique, then you really only have yourself to blame if you get injured.