Some interesting research into barefoot running by Professor Daniel Lieberman, as shown in The Barefoot Runner: by Nature Video.
Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman has conducted research into barefoot running. His research demonstrates that barefoot runners, who tend to tend to land on their fore-foot, generate less impact shock than runners in sports shoes who land heel first. He suggests that barefoot running can therefore potentially minimise some running related injuries.
During his research Professor Daniel Lieberman has used pressure mapping software from Tekscan (www.tekscan.com) to investigate runners foot strikes, which can be seen during the video below by Nature Video.
The full research ’Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners’ can be found at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v463/n7280/full/nature08723.html
The Barefoot Professor: by Nature Video