It's no wonder that so many runners get sprained ankles: the shoes they wear designed to "support" their foot deadens its natural ability to communicate, hobbling the body's ability to respond and get it out of trouble.There is a superb and detailed article here explaining why minimal footwear is to be preferred:
Kick Your Shoes Off, Free your Feet, tell your nervous system you care
Our feet are one of the most jointed parts of our body (after the skull and the hands) and yet daily, what do we do? Lace up shoes to restrict those bones from doing what they were designed to do to support us: MOVE.
This video demonstrates more:
Same runner, same day, with no instruction given in between videos. On the left, correct nice SHOE LESS forefoot strike. On the right, incorrect, with SHOES, heel strike, braking, straining. Sneakers are designed to affect the way our foot strikes the ground, yet in this video you see it affects what we do in the air. Try this experiment yourself.