After reading "Born to Run" I have been unable to run in traditional running shoes. The cushioning is too soft and my feet feel unstable. After a few months of training in Jika-Tabi(Japanese shoes worn by construction workers and climbers) my feet are stronger and my calves are sculpted. I no longer have pain in my shins or knees. I plan to get the Vibram 5 fingers that retail for $80 but for now Im running in the Jika-Tabi which cost around $40 at Tokyu-Hands which i have 2 pairs. Ill keep posting my progress especially after the Brooklyn Half Marathon.