I've been doing a lot of research into barefoot/minimalist running and I've finally bought a pair (or my husband has, for my birthday) of the New Balance Minimus Trail (mens size 9 it turns out as I have wide feet!).
I have just been out for my final run of week 4 in them this evening and they're brilliant!! It took me a little while to find my stride and whether I'm a forefoot/midfoot runner, turns out I'm forefoot, and my calves where a little sore at the end but then the big hill didn't help but I loved every minute of it.
My legs didn't feel heavy, my shins didn't ache and my knees weren't sore. I could have ran further but of course as they're minimalist there isn't much support so you have to take it steady at first and alternate between the minimalist shoe and your normal trainers till you build up the strength in your feet but soooo very much looking forward to running in them again.
Happy Days!!! :o)