I always see really fast (running) people wearing shoes that look like slippers compared to my big lugs and think "I wish I could wear something that light." The reason I have big old lugs on my feet is due to nasty ITBS and hamstring-tendon strains that came about in 2008. Proper footwear, inserts, and stretching/strengthening exercises were the solution.
This past spring I re-developed ITBS. Even though I've been wearing supportive stability shoes with Lynco orthodics with arch and posted heel, I still got the dang ITBS back. The solution was again stretching/exercises--this time they said it may be my freakishly tight hamstrings causing the problem--in addition to slacking on my ITB stretches. I began stretching the bejesus out of my legs, opting out of longer races and runs. With all the supportiveness and arches, if these problems come back, then what? Motion Control shoes? I do not want to go that route. I decided to go the opposite direction and ordered some Vibram FiveFinger KSO's (early June) and began walking only in them thinking I could strengthen my feet, ankles, legs, etc and hopefully have everything function as intended. I did a couple tri's in mid-June (Trinona and Rochesterest) with the old stability shoes, still in the midst of my stretching regimen and the problems seemed to resolve. The first easy run after Rochesterfest I developed a hip problem. Not sure how that came about. Could it be the saddle height on an indoor bike I may have set up a little high (ok, pretty sure I did); maybe it was too much running; maybe overstretching; maybe all of it. I continued on. Adding more walking and a little running in the KSO's. I am now up to 8 miles in the KSO's. No problems. I am rotating the stability shoes and the KSO's and it seems to be going pretty well. A couple weeks ago I put the old soles back in the shoes--taking out the Lynco's. This is my attempt at weaning out of stability shoes and into racing flats.