That's a thing for barefoot, especially the 'tech-barefoot', you need to find a complimentary fit to your feet, and an actual fit(not too big, not too small), or it'll detract from the experience, and just get in the way.
That's also why the adiPURE were a great development for a more 'generalized' barefoot, because they went from a very 'tech-based' structure of refined mini-counters, and triangles(which is the Supernatural PureMotion, a setup where they removed the conventional-setup by refining it greatly, which has the negative, that it needs to be just right for you, to work), to the exact opposite in the adiPURE, the adiPURE doesn't refine, it simply doesn't try to counter, it just 'gloves' your feet, and allows them to do, what they do.
That's the intriguing part of barefoot-shoes for me, you have the super-refined, and detail-controlled shoes, and the shoes that simply don't try.
In running you have something similar, you have the Vibram, and a couple more, on the super-refined side, and the leather-soled sandals with a string-strap on the freedom side, both do approximately the same thing, one by refining the details, the other by not getting in the way of the details.
That fascinates me. It's a full-spectrum, and a spectrum that's appreciated, the super-refined isn't necessarily better than the super-simple, it's ways to get it right, and that can vary for everybody. I love that concept.
The PE-shoes tend to have more padding, and cushioning, to compensate for the extra pressure, and jarring pro basketball-feet deal with, plus TJ was old by then, old-men need more 'slack' to compensate for your feet wearing out.(basically the NBA is about 2 sec faster than a regular game on every play(that's why you get the odd throw-away passes, other mistakes, and lack of control, it literally goes too fast for your body, so you can simulate how that feels, by really pushing yourself to be extra fast on every move, on every play pushing the tempo, really go as fast as you can, on all plays.
That's what NBA players do, kinda.
That should also give you an impression, why they're more padded.(it sounds manufactured, but if you put them on, and really push very, very hard, you'll notice the need for the extra mush)
One thing that makes me into the barefoot concept,in by read your post about conventional vs natural(barefoot )shoe,and as the bigger man myself i always try to find anything to make my feet healthier ,and the concept of natural/barefoot shoe is a way to improve my game and my health ,i know that human foot are build and design by nature to be a fine tuning athletic machine ,which mean not design for shoes,and i look at my feet,i notice my pinkie toe are deformed to the point they almost not touching the ground anymore,a shoes already deformed my feet from its natural shape to the foot that handicap to fit into the shoes
i want my feet and my toes to be natural again,so barefoot shoes is i think a way to get them back
but i do know i'm not fully embraced the idea yet(you can see by my choice of current shoe ,rose 3 and bron X) but i keep the idea to make my feet back to its natural form and stronger ,i already reducing my time wearing any type of footwear and keep searching for a barefoot basketball shoe to help my foot and my game
and great insight on the NBA player,i do know their game speed is much faster from regular person,and i can see the concept of why the nba player (TJ ford) want his shoe to be"mushier" due to extra power that their feet generated into their shoes
A bit late into the fray, but thought I'll put in my 2-cents. Homer, I've had serious plantar fasciitis 2 years ago, where both my feet can get so painful even just standing up that I was about to give up balling for good. Same issue with you as well, I have wide feet and through my constant search for the right sneaker I probably injured my feet at some point and didn't know it, played through it and got worse.
The turning point was when Nene turned me onto barefoot running. Got my Vibrams (which cost quite a penny here), did the recommended excercises for a couple of weeks (I had been running in the Adizero Feathers - if that's the correct name), and off I went on the runs in time. After a few weeks of running in the Vibrams, my body got used to the proper mechanics and for the last 9 months or so I've been running approx 20-25km per week in the Nike Lunarspider LTs and the Adipure Motion, both minimal racer-like shoes (the Vibrams still make the occasional appearance for short 3-km runs) which I've grown to love. The plantar issues for both feet are completely GONE. It's translated into my ball play as well, cardiovascularly of course, but more so for my feet strength. In the right shoes (the Kobe 8 surprisingly has been the most accommodating so far), my feet feels stronger, and I have less foot injuries than before.