Barefoot running is nothing new. From our earliest roots as hunter-gatherers we ran, and for most of the past 2 million years we likely ran without footwear. It wasn't until the 1970s that the modern running shoe began to correct and control the foot as it does today. So to remove our heavy, high-tech shoes and run barefoot is an old idea, not a new one. Barefoot running and minimalist-shoes running are not for everyone, but they can be either a good supplement to improve your running form and efficiency, or a new method of running in a more natural way while possibly reducing your risk for certain injuries. There is the risk of injury any time you introduce your body to a new sport or activity. If you decide to try barefoot running, a gradual and controlled transition should be made.