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I'm a (what I would consider to be) beginner runner - doing 3ish miles 3/4 times a week in suburban London, running on mostly pavements (with not much choice to do otherwise for most of the time).
After reading some books and getting 'over the hump' when starting running, I'm really enjoying it and think I will definitely continue.
However, as with many, I'm intrigued by the idea of barefoot running (it was an Oatmeal cartoon (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running) and 'Born to Run' that got me into running in the first place). My main motivation is to have more fun running and to be able to keep running with less chance of injury.
I'm thinking that if I'm ever going to do it, it's worth investigating and getting into NOW, before I get experienced and rack up longer runs and find the shift of form more difficult.
I'm currently focusing in my runs (in normal shoes) on adopting the barefoot frontal/midstrike form (with shorter strides and higher cadence etc.) and seem to be doing okay with that - no real pain or injury so far.
I'm not fussed about times and races at this point, nor might I ever be (I'm only doing 10min/mile and quite happy with that. I'd rather up my mileage before my speed anyway) My main reasons for running are to feel good and because I've started enjoying it.
That's the background, here's the question
I'm not sure that I'm ever going to want to go fully barefoot - I live in London after all, and there's too much crap on the pavement about. So, what shoes/course of action would people recommend?
Should I go for fully minimal shoes (things like the really flat merrels/vivos. I'm not too sure about the vibrams from a fashion point of view, but then I could get over that)?
Should I look for a transition type shoe? If so, recommendations?
Would it be a good idea to go somewhere like Runners Need in London to get some advice?
Does anyone know anything about the Vivo barefoot workshops in London? They seem affordable, so are they worth doing?
Most of the material I've read say go barefoot straight away and build up to minimal shoes, but that's not going to happen round here for me I think.
I fully understand that I will need to cut back my mileage and change the way I run for this to work.
Many thanks for your patience in reading, and help in advance.