I am mulling this over. I have tough old soles and I am seriously tempted by the idea of potentially fewer foot/leg injuries. Walked about 3 miles today sans feet and I did get the feeling I was walking in a more natural balanced way - but it's a big step (no pun intended) to running.
I know it sounds weird, but would running in just socks give the same effect and benefits? It would just give your feet a little bit of protection from stones, broken paving slabs etc.
I have very sore heels at the moment and am not running while taking meds from the doctor, and although they feel better I suspect it is due to not exercising and the meds, as soon as I run again I am gueeing it will hurt. I intend to invest in some new trainers (again!) to try and help, but your theory is interesting.
It might help. But I suspect the socks might have to be chucked
I am also wounded - I broke a metatarsal last summer and there has been a niggle since then. Flared up again last week and had to walk back from a 10miler on Sunday. That has been the major incentive for me to think about it.
I've been dipping my toes into this, so to speak. Haven't read the book but it sounds fascinating. There are some reasonable websites about it and a forum in the US runners world. I think the main thing is that the transition has to be really slow as your feet won't be used to running without shoes. It's good fun, though despite the seriosuly funny looks you get off people.
According to this, you don't have to be shoeless to be barefoot - here. I don't run but I do have a pair of these and it's an addictive sensation - walking over sharp gravel transforms to a foot massage... Mmm...