|These are my shoes.|
If you want to read more about barefoot running, start with this article for some of the pros and cons:
|One of the crawfish we caught in the river.|
And back to my shoes plus river; they worked great. I did find that not falling was entirely dependent on my ability to place my feet in such a manner that they didn't slip out from under me. And yes, I fell often and with great fanfare. I was also made violently aware by a pair of boulders a little too far apart that I can do the splits. However, being wet did not make the shoes any heavier and they didn't produce any drag in the water. They did let in some gravel and sand, but it washes right out so it won't be a problem as there will be no shortage of water to fall in on race day.
|Roundish stones, a shoe, and crawfish nets.|
So, in conclusion:
- Barefoot shoes can be good if they are appropriate for your terrain and you learn to run in them properly.
- If you are running a race that involves mud and water, a minimalist shoe may make running easier.
- Track and field athletes don't run with cushions on their heels.
- I am still tragically uncoordinated.