When I first started doing triathlon, I fell in love with the Nike Shox NZ. I think it is a great shoe. It doesn't have a tongue. It fits like a sock. Very light with good support, even for a big guy.
Nike Shox NZ
I loved these shoes. Over my tri career, I bought at least a dozen pairs of them and I have still own two pair. They are too worn to actually wear on a training run, however. Well... I did wear them on a trail run recently. I do wear them at the gym when lifting weights.
Inexplicably, and much to my chagrin, Nike stopped making them. Of course, it was right before a race when I was looking to buy new shoes. So, I had to switch to a Nike Air Max. They do have a tongue. I wore these shoes at Timberman last year and have put a lot of miles on them.
Today at lunch time, I went to Pacers in downtown Silver Spring with my $15 off coupon. Brian Farley (who has a brother named Chris Farley) helped me pick out a pair of shoes and we selected the Nike Air Max Moto+ 5. They feel comfy but do have a tongue, which I'm not enamored with. If found a review of the shoe online.
Pictures of my pair of shoes are below. Now let's see how long I can keep them from getting dirty.
I wore them today for a run after work. I knocked out 6.5 miles in 60 minutes, trying to keep the heart rate in the low zone 2 range, which I managed to do. I ended with an average HR of 133. Shoes felt good and I like them better than the previous pair. But, I still miss my Shox NZ.