After months of reading about minimalist and barefoot running, I have finally coughed up the cash and bought a pair of running trainers that fall somewhere between the standard everyday running shoe that we are all used to and the more extreme barefoot-style running shoe.
My choice was New Balance Minimus Road. They certainly feel different to my first running shoes (Adidas Adistar Ride 2). The big thing for me, rather than the minimalist/barefoot aspect, has been to find a shoe that doesn't have a large heel-to-toe drop. My current Adidas trainers have a whopping 14mm difference between the height of the heel and the forefoot/toes. These shoes have 4mm difference, I'm interested to see the difference.
Update June 2013:
These shoes have a nice wide toe-box and give a firm ride. If you like your foot strike to be accompanied by some nice cushioning, these shoes are not going to be for you. If you want to try a minimal shoe but would like a softer ride, one of the Nike Free shoes might be a sensible alternative.
Saying that, I think they are a very nice looking pair of shoes and although they are not really my go to shoe, I do occasionally slip them on for a bit of firm semi-minimalistic running.