Post by Melanie Bolen that questions minimalist running and summarizes the debate on whether barefoot running shoes are beneficial to you.
One tip in this article new barefoot shoe buyers may find helpful is the term ‘zero drop’ – this refers to the distance between the heel and the toe. Typically, barefoot running shoes have close to a ‘zero drop’. This means less padding for your heels and an increased need for your feet to do their own balancing of the heel strike as opposed to relying on the padded traditional running shoe. More at http://www.chicagonow.com/fitness-at-home/2013/07/are-minimalist-shoes-safe/.