So Jason Robillard posted on the Barefoot Running University details about how Dr. Craig Richards of Hunter Gait and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running, has called for all shoe manufacturers to voluntarily put their shoes up for independent testing. It's an attempt to finally put the whole "Shoes are better vs. barefoot/minimalist running is better" saga to bed.
This sort of independent research has been needed for a long time. Only when we have accurate, independent data can we start to ensure that people are able to run safely.
The initial post regarding the study was posted on Jason's blog here
Dr Craig Richards: A call for independent shoe testing
More finalised details of the Study can be found here:
Details of Dr Craig Richards Study
If there is any way you can help, then please do and then spread the word.