Minimalist running has been very good to me, going from an injured 125 miles a year to an uninjured 650 miles a year.
Barefoot hasn't been quite so kind however, as my form is not quite there yet, and there is no where to hide. Minimalist shoes, whether trail gloves or huaraches can hide form defects and let you run faster. I've had several foot shredding runs in barefeet. I'm still learning though