I decided that I would put together a list of articles for everyone to show the benefit of barefoot training as opposed to using regular shoes. In my opinion, since I've switched to training in Vibram Fivefingers, I've toned my feet and legs more than I ever did in sneakers, and have developed much more stability as well as foot strength and overall better health. I relate barefoot training to driving a sports car as opposed to an SUV or a luxury car. In the sports car, you feel the road more and can make faster adjustments and tighter turns, with greater acceleration, while in a luxury car you can't feel bumps, have to make wider turns, are more likely to have less stability around corners and at higher speeds, and how you drive will be far less in terms of quality. You rely more on the car than how you drive. Anyway, my suggestion is to try switching to barefoot training for at least a month to see how it is compared to sneaker training. It may seem weird at first, but when you feel and see the results, you will know why it is that much better. Here are articles so you can see what I mean: The Major Health Benefits of Going Barefoot (Really!) Running Barefoot: Training Tips Barefoot Training | FitBuff.com's Health Secrets Blog Barefoot Training - the advantages and how to make it work for you barefootrunner.com : natural running & healthy living barefoot training http://www.genesistransformation.com/pdf_files/1_BAREFOOT_TRAINING.PDF Barefoot training may help some runners - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Barefoot Training T NATION | Go Barefoot to Get Stronger feel free to add to this with your experiences.