Running with shoes had been a fad which started around 10 years ago and lasted a few years. The idea became really popular however faded away just as fast as it showed up. It had been based on the theory that running shoes aren't good for you and that running with out them is more natural and better for runners. There were plenty of books written and published about this, a great deal of websites supporting the promises and plenty of social media activity declaring the believed advantages. Nevertheless, what happened is that the advantages that have been believed for it did not materialized for almost all runners who took barefoot running up and there turned out to be a quite high exercise related injury incidence in those who tried it out. Runners quickly returned to what they were experienced with and all the guru’s whom started out marketing it are no longer heard from.
There was never any evidence that barefoot running was actually any better. It was largely made up claims depending on anecdotes. When the scientific research got carried out it revealed that each of the claims which got made up for it were just that, made up. The advantages over using running shoes are not there. Barefoot running is only different to using running shoes. Since the barefoot craze died off, there was a move to much more highly cushioned shoes. This was the opposite to the craze of barefoot and it too got called a fad. Except, at the moment there isn't any indications of that trend to the higher cushioned running shoes falling off, therefore it is probably safe to say that it is really not a fad but a long term trend. Running barefoot or with traditional running shoes or with maximum cushioned running shoes are merely different. One is not better than another and individual athletes should have their personal preferences as to what they like to run in and that's okay.