A couple of weeks ago, I bought a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves and I love them. I used to have a lot of shin pain when I walked and ran, but I have no pain when I wear them. I'm also recovering from a hip injury, which is painful when I wear traditional walking shoes, but not in my new shoes, even when I do all-out sprints.
Today I went to a local shoe store to buy a pair of Merrell Pure Gloves for more casual wear. I got talked into a foot evaluation and was told that I need a lot more arch support. When I explained that shoes with arch support exacerbate my problems, the sales lady informed me that I needed very supportive shoes AND inserts. I stuck to my guns and bought the Pure Gloves, much to her dismay!
It seems to me that "sturdy shoes" and "arch support" are neolithic concepts, but I want to make sure I'm not missing something. What has your experience been with minimal shoes or trying to buy them?