Minimalist footwear mimics the feel of going barefoot.
If you enjoy the feeling of going barefoot, but still need the protection that a shoe offers than minimalist footwear is something you should look into. There are many different styles and brands from which you can choose, so there is your dream shoe out there waiting for you to find it.
A Word of Caution
Make sure you ease into Barefoot Running. So many new muscles will be used, it is easy to end up injuring yourself if you don't start slowly.
What is Minimalist Footwear?
This video gives a basic overview of exactly what minimalist footwear is.
Want to learn more about Barefoot Running? - Read this First, then buy the shoes!
A great starting point to educate yourself about how to start your barefoot running adventures. I recommend reading this book BEFORE you make the investment in special shoes. Nothing like spending your money before you know what you need!
Vibram Five Fingers
Wiggle those toes!
These are the shoes that I've pretty much settled on getting. My only reservation is that they may contain latex, and I am allergic to latex. I am hoping that by wearing toe socks with these, I will still be able to enjoy them. I also have long toes so I will be trying them on first to make sure they fit right. I want the KSO style as they seem to have all the features that I require.
UPDATE: I decieded on these, and I couldn't be happier. They are incredibly comfortable, and you just throw them in the wash to keep them clean and fresh smelling. They are a great conversation starter, too! I now own three, two KSOs and a Smartwool. They are still my favorite shoe after a summer using them. I can't live without them.