I am running somewhere in Utah or Arizona today so I thought I'd share a little more about my transition into minimal running shoes. I have been inching my way down to a super minimal shoe for a couple of years now and am running almost daily in them. So far I've had no injuries or pain and have been sooo happy to be running again.
The pair on top are Vivobarefoot Utra Pure runners. They are all rubber and look a little like Crocs but they were 40% off, so I grabbed them. I would rather have had them in white but, again, 40% off. These come without any sort of sock insert and so have rubbed a blister in one of my heels, but I'm getting used to them. Otherwise, they are incredibley comfortable while not being overly cushy or supportive. I feel like too-supportive shoes caused a host of problems in my feet and knees and so I avoid them.
Though I hate Crocs, I've been wearing these crazy pink shoes everywhere because they are so convenient. I tell myself they are not quite as loud as pink Crocs. They are not trail shoes so I do feel gravel and pebbles under my feet, which is good thing for mindful running. An added bonus is that they can be hosed down when dirty.
The blue runners are another pair of Breatho Trail shoes from the same company. I got my first pair for vacation last summer and loved them. They are light and are probably the only running shoes I've ever had to not rub blisters the first few weeks. They fit like a glove but have an outsole that's rugged enough to handle very sharp rocks and slick slopes.