Shoe’s vs. Vibrams:
I put it to the test. Below you’ll see variations in running form in the same runner, on the same day, at the same pace. Looking at footstrike in Shoes vs. Vibram’s. On the left is me in shoes, and on the right is me in Vibrams. Notice any differences?
Early on, you can see greater dorsiflexion (toe up). Footstrike is also different. With shoes I did not have a pronounced heel strike, if you got to look at better video you’d see I land whole foot, tending towards the back. In my vibrams though, the footstrike is different. The forefoot touches down first, barely, with the rest of the foot following.
This little experiment pretty much sold me on the role of proprioception in foot strike. Yes, you can change foot strike in heavy shoes, but these shoes were made to make you land heel first. It’s tough to battle against what your body wants to do in these heavy shoes, which is heel strike. Given this, it’s important to recognize this, and incorporate at least some minimal training to make sure you are prepared to forefoot/ midfoot strike.