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I need a tongue
on February 7, 2013
I've been using Nike running shoes for about 2 years. I didn't think they were perfect, so I wanted to try other brands and see if I could get a better fit. My feet tend to be on the wide size, but I can wear the "normal" Nike shoes and Nike tends to be a narrow shoe. Based on the reviews, this shoe sounded like a great choice. I bought it on the deal of the day to give it a chance. I ordered the exact same size that I wear in the Nike Vomero line.
The first problem I had with this shoe is that it doesn't have a traditional tongue. They give you laces, but the laces are pointless because the shoe itself acts like a slipper. You can't open the opening much at all, so I almost needed to get my shoe horn to get my foot inside these things. And I wear paper thin running socks when I exercise. Anyway, for the first time I realized just how important that tongue is. Without the ability to open the shoe to insert your foot, it is a chore getting these things on.
After I finally got it on, the size was about right. It felt about the same as the Nike, and I became optimistic. But, after running about half a mile my right toes started to hurt. I couldn't quite locate the source of the trouble, but these shoes just weren't comfortable.
I removed the shoes, and put a pair of Nike back on. Wow. I didn't appreciate the NIke running shoes at all until I had something to compare them to. The rest of my run was comfortable in the Nikes.
Anyway, I've only been running for two years and I hoped I could do better than the Nike brand that I happened to start with. But, after trying these, I have a new appreciation for two things: Nike, and TONGUES in shoes. They really do serve a purpose.