It's a good feeling though, very liberating! If you decide to do it, find some smooth tarmac, and run in your bare feet on that for three or four minutes; You may well notice that your running style changes automatically.
There's loads of useful stuff on t'interweb about it, (look up Vivobarefoot) and go for it.
I did a seven mile run on the moors in bare feet a couple of days ago - no wear and tear on shoes, and it felt (mainly) really good, through wet bits, streams, peaty paths, skipping on and off rocks, dry grass, slabs...it's like being a kid again.
I don't know how it'd work for racing, but then I'm not a racer!
Don't get too hung up on having the 'right' shoe - one that's comfortable is probably as important as anything else!
go for some low profile trail shoes, if you're starting to get off the tarmac. The low profile helps prevent going over on your ankle, the traily sole will provide more grip. Mizuno wave harriers are a cracking shoe, almost a fell shoe but very comfy - if they fit right, of course!
I've got a farm bred border collie, who just loves running. He's only ever on a lead near traffic, and doesn't chase other animals. He's great, he can run all day; but if we can't run for some reason, he's just as happy with a couple of walks if they include balls or frisbees and stuff.
The thing with collies is that they need YOU, and they need stimulation. If you have the time for them, they are wonderful dogs.
Up and Running is a pretty good shop usually though;at least, our local ones are! I have some cracking adidas trail shoes, the adizero xt 3's. Why he would say that? Well, he obviously wants you to buy shoes he does stock!
I wasn't going to run today, but after stressing out with a computer, I went out for a steady five miler in the p*****g rain with my dog, through the woods and back over the moors; Didn't expect anything from it as I'm nurisng a bid hip at the moment but it was a really enjoyable run and the hip felt ok which also cheered me up. So it just shows, sticking rigidly to a schedule could mean you're missing out on some enjoyable running!
Hi Daz, usually see you on t'other forum, FRA one!