For those of you that want to waste a lot of time eavesdropping on the good, the bad, and the ugly of minimalism, I'd suggest the letsrun.com message board. It's an endless circus over there. Particularly fun are the threads from the 2005 and earlier with the indomitable Trackhead. The everpresent Jaguar is always lurking too. But HRE and Nobby I think are the real stars; they join the fray frequently, and bring in tons of experience and wisdom.
One thing that I find especially interesting is that the shoe companies don't make heavy, over built bricks for the Japanese market. If the shoe companies are really convinced that motion control, cushioned, high heel shoes prevent injury, do they not care about the Japanese?