An interesting study which shows those who ran in minimalist running shoes did outperform the others in the group who wore stability, cushioning, and motion control shoes. The runners in minimalist shoes ran faster and overall were more physically fit. In terms of running injuries, no significant differences amongst shoe gear was observed. This is most likely due to the similar running patterns that didn’t account for individual levels of fitness or variable running parameters. It’s difficult to control running variables in groups this large who run together.
You can read the abstract below.
Source: Minimalist Running Shoes and Injury Risk Among United States Army Soldiers