I prefer barefoot over any minimalist shoes. I think the difference going from minimal shoes to barefoot is even greater than going from typical shoes to minimal. I'm not much of a runner, but I walk everywhere barefoot. I even did some backpacking barefoot. When barefoot, I can feel and react to the ground before there is any force of impact. Even in minimal shoes, because my foot is in constant contact with the shoe, I can only react to the forceful impact. That's my completely untested and subjective hypothesis anyway.