[QUOTE=relaygirl;1163263]Just my experience going minimalist-I got a double stress fracture in my heel due to calf issues in 2010. It was hell. I eased into, everything I was told to do. But it didn't work for me. I am a happy camper back in my regular shoes. Just me.[/QUOTE]
Good point, Relaygirl. Everyone is different. I think the most important thing is good form, no matter what is on your feet.
Yesterday, I ran 4 miles in my Merrell barefoot shoes. Calves are sore, but not horribly so. It took me over a year to get used to running in them and that was after I started wearing them everyday to work. I had fits and starts with them and running and had to keep going back to my Nike Free shoes. Got a nasty case of bronchitis (or the flu) which knocked me out of exercising for almost 3 months. Finally this spring, after alternating them with the Nikes I've been wearing them every time I go out. I do have to make sure I stretch my calves after a run or walk, and this helps a lot.
I am a shoe fiend! I got VFF's, NB Minimus, Nike Frees etc...
Not all Nike Free shoes are the same and I think the newer Nike Free's have less sole but still have enough for support and are a good compromise between conventional runners and zero drop barefoot shoes. I prefer running in them or the NB Minimus runners (4mm drop) over VFF's. Im a big boy (a lean 235lb) and so a little cushion goes a long way, especially with hard surfaces!
[QUOTE=paul119;1117341]Slowly transition to your VFF's full time. But before doing so, be sure to get the mechanics of POSE running down pat. It'll be a slow, gradual climb, but your body will thank you.[/QUOTE]
This is quite the way to go^