I have been speaking with my patients quite a bit recently about barefoot running. I have been testing runners both with and without shoes to find which is more efficient; toe and midfoot strike or heel strike. Although there is no clear cut answer, even those who are less efficient with a forefoot strike feel faster and more comfortable when hitting the ground with the front of their foot than with their heel.
I gave a lecture at the Endurance Sports Expo and was delighted to see both high-tech stability shoes and minimalist footwear on the feet of the attendees.
If you missed that talk, you can catch it again at Philadelphia Runner (16th and Sansom) on Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm.