Hey sorry, I lost track of this thread!
I actually don't like the idea of the Vibrams. I've noticed that if I have any issues with blistering, it means that I'm pronating, or my form is off. Even slight adjustments can make a huge difference.
I'm fortunate enough to live on the coast. Plenty of designated places to run. If I run south, I'm concrete which is a little more rough on my feet. If I run north, it's all asphalt which I find to take a lot of impact out of the run.
I udnerstand why most people are wary of it, and it's a bummer it's become a fad because it sort of discredits it a lot because people generally tend to be skeptical of things that are popular (and that seem outrageous
) I think you'd have to see someone do the stride correctly to really understand it.
Think really short steps (meaning not a lot of knee movement) but at a quick pace, and the initial impact on the ball of your foot.
I love, love, love it.