"Podiatrist Denise Lewins agrees barefoot running - or as close to it as you can get while protecting your feet - can work for people with a balanced foot and leg 'but if you aren't perfect, running shoes help with stability and control'."
Is there any evidence to support that statement, Dr. Lewins? (I have to confess, I've never heard this bit about "a balanced foot and leg" before...)
There certainly are some folks who need to wear shoes, folks with peripheral neuropathy, for instance. But even they would benefit from a barefoot-style shoe that encourages strong feet, I strongly suspect. I'm not aware of any condition that benefits from permanently wearing supportive shoes.