The shin issue is probably because you are lifting your toes without knowing it due to the shoe. The forefoot running lets you leave the foot "hanging" without needing to raise the toes up for the nonexistent heel strike. That would be my guess.
I haven't had any issues with wearing mine other than the required ridicule. But then again, I'm not in a regular unit either.
I would back up your paper with some of the available research on barefoot/minimalist running. Another option, if the command won't let you wear the VFF's is go with something like the Vivo BArefoot EVO. They can pass as regular athletic shoes.