got some questions, hopefully there are some answers out there
first ill give you a little back story so you can see where im coming from.
i used to hate running, but then i moved into a house next to the beach in northern California (around the Oregon border) and i started doing just little jogs through the dunes, but my shoes would get crazy sandy. so i decided to try barefoot running, the idea of running the way we evolved to appealed to me. i ended up loving it, but it was WAY more tiring and worked my legs in ways they hadnt been before. after some practice, and muscle training, i got to the point where i would run up to 10 miles each time i would go out. then i moved on to running barefoot on dirt trails (was very different than sand) and then concrete and asphalt. needless to say, i got crazy callouses that i actually had to grind down just a little with pumice so they weren't all scraggly and gross. the only way i could do this semi safely though was because it was a small town that was very clean, no broken glass in the streets or pieces of metal or plastic that i had to worry about (i defiantly still got foot injuries even while keeping a keen eye out for sharp rocks and the like. thats just barefoot running for you). i just recently moved down to central California, and although im not in a grungy city, there is simply a higher volume of sharp trash on the ground, due to the higher population. i dont want to loose all my specific muscle training because i dont want to be barefoot any longer, so im in the market for a shoe that will mimic the ergonomics of barefoot running, yet have the protective qualities of the conventional running shoe. vibram is obviously my nest step, yet i know nothing about them, or anyone that does. so my questions are, to bring this biography to a close,
1. what style of vibrams have the greatest likeness to barefoot running (as most of the info i could find was just for people coming around to minimalist gear running) and
2. what styles of vibrams are the toughest (will last the longest, the highest quality, not provide the most protection for my feet. my foot can take thorns and sharp rocks with barley any blood, but glass and metal... i want that extra layer for my ease of mind as well as protection)
Ha, sorry i went on for a bit there, im just interested in getting the correct product the first time, especially when im spending $80+ on it