Barefoot Running

I first heard of this from a friend at church who had taken up a new running method. The idea was that with shoes, your foot hit heel-first, but when you run barefoot, the ball of your foot hits first. He was running faster and farther now running barefoot.

Today I see an article from Wall Street Journal talking about barefoot running, and some new “barefoot” shoes from Five Fingers Footwear that appeared on Luxist.

Is this some weird fad, or is a new trend in shoes?

I’m going to wear some of these to work next week and see what happens.
Five Fingers Footwear