The other week I was running on the track at the gym. I usually try to follow the Pose technique of running, landing under the center of gravity with a tempo of 180 steps per minute. But for some reason, the run just didn't feel right and I couldn't get everything to "click".
In frustration, I kicked off my shoes and ran in just socks. Almost immediately, my form improved - my turnover increased and my landing was in better alignment. It seemed that by letting my body feel the true impact of each step via barefoot running, my technique self-adjusted and became more efficient.
I already wear minimal shoes, the Puma H Street. But this stretch of barefoot running felt even better. Since this experience, the last two times I ran, I just ditched the shoes from the start and ran the whole time in socks. I felt no ill effects from doing this, running 20+ minutes each time. My feet were fine after the run and fine the next day. Shoes, who needs 'em?