I just returned from what was supposed to be a walk, but it turned into a run. I guess you could say that I'm really a runner now. However, I made the error of strapping on my old Nike running shoes to walk in since while walking our heels usually make contact with the ground first - I wanted the extra padding.
First off, my feet felt like they were suffocating. My toes don't like to be crammed all together unless they're in some super hot three to four inch pointy-toed or peep-toed heels; yes, yes I'm a walking (or running?) contradiction. Second, I couldn't feel the ground. I walked for a while, but then I decided to run because I was sick of walking. I got up to my regular gait and realized how different it felt. My feet were not really feeling the ground. Barefoot purists would say that even with VFF I'm not *really* feeling the ground, either, but I felt it a lot more than in these stupid Nikes. I don't like the way my feet feel when I can't touch the ground and am being blocked by padded soles. And, finally, I actually felt weighted down. This may be completely psychological, but I felt like it took more effort to run with these shoes on.
Needless to say, I took them off as soon as I got on my porch. I walked into my bedroom and said to my husband (who is sick with some stomach bug, poor guy), "I'm never wearing these again. I'm a Vibram woman all the way. I hike and run in them, so I'm going to walk in them, too." He then made a crude comment about not taking them off for other activities and I'll let you guess what that comment was - ha!
Yep. I'm a total minimalist footwear convert AND a real runner to boot. Who woulda thunk it?