Re. gradually transitioning to minimalist shoes, initially you can go for a very short run in the minimalist shoes, ending up back home, then change shoes and set out again. Gradually increase the time before the changeover.
Once I was wearing them for reasonable periods, I started using the minimalist shoes for my shorter runs such as speedwork sessions, then for shorter tempo runs, then for longer runs...
I have been known to put mine in my running backpack, run to my running club in "normal" running shoes, then change to the minimalist ones for the club run, then back to the others for the run home.
I think the last time I actually wore "normal" running shoes was for a 30-mile road race at the start of July, and that was only because both times I'd recced the first half in my Neos, my feet started hurting. Don't know why, as I'm normally fine even on the roads.
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