bro4bro saidOddly, the vast majority of barefoot runners I've seen are older guys. But it seems to be more about a crunchy granola aesthetic than about health.
Agreed that if you're going to run barefoot you need to learn how humans were meant to run - but humans were not meant to run on concrete.
I run barefoot on sand, but I don't run sand often. And I'd never run barefoot on pavement.
Right. I would never have considered running on pavement for a significant distance. In San Diego, I was able to run on a beach where the sand was just the right consistency. When I lived in Minneapolis, I was able to run around Lake Calhoun (3 miles) barefooted because, except for very short stretches, I was able to run on sand or grass.
On appropriate surfaces, running barefooted should not be a problem once one becomes accustomed to it. When wearing running shoes, the heel is significantly higher than the toes which is not the case when running barefooted so, until you become accustomed to it, you may experience sore calves. Also, it takes a while for the soles of the feet to become toughened up.