Based on nothing more than the fact that you have liked Asics and that you want a more minimalist shoe choice (and that we have shared shoes before, and I think have similar feet), I will say that I really like my Saucony shoes. I buy race flats for myself, but I have seen many of the women in the club wearing Saucony brand shoes for training and pavement running as well. http://www.saucony.com/en/womens-running-trail-run...
Worth a shot. I've been happy with Nike and Brooks as well.
Have you tried going to a reputable running store and asking their opinion?
The doctor sounded terrible. There needs to be a yelp for doctors. Or some way to tell them what you think to their face.
Yeah, I agree, ditch the doc!
I guess you need a starting point for trying on shoes, in which case I will also recommend Saucony. Like you I have really enjoyed my X-talons but also went many years in Asics road shoes, so maybe we have similar taste. Between Asics and Saucony there are probably enough different models to take up an afternoon at a shoe store. :-)
some of the racing-trending adidas might be good for you, fairly light and somewhat minimalist (for someone coming from the regular running shoe world anyway) but resilient and some 'oomph'...boston boost, adios boost- marathon shoes. worth a try anyway.
Mine are probably not 'minimalist' but I've really liked the grip, feel, and weight of my new Oboz trail shoes for trail and off-trail hiking -- strangely, the shoes do not include any 'model' info. I probably picked them up at REI.