The New York Times magazine had an article this Sunday (11/06/11) about the benefits of barefoot or minimal shoe running. It talks about getting back to the way humans ran long ago, and kids run today until we teach them a 'better' way.
Great article. Shows you how. They mentioned the first company to come out with footwear that helps. I went to vivobarefoot.com and saw lots of cool shoes, but they also offer a VEGAN option when searching their line. Just thought it was worth a shout out.
I have vibram five finger shoes. I am not up to running in them, but I do short hikes in them. They are quite liberating to wear! I was the kind of kid that didn't wear shoes at all during the summer and HATED having to wear shoes again come September. lol