I'm haven't thrown in the towel yet.
In fact, after yet another 2 miles in my ancient shoes this morning, I made certain to get my *** to a shoe store today.
Turns out they were doing a buy 1 - get 1 1/2 off deal, so I got these kicks for the walking times and a new pair of pretty much plain white reeboks for regular living.
Good call on those New Balances too. They might just be the best fitting shoes I've ever had. Of course, it took the tiny little sales girl almost 20 minutes to find a 13-wide in the back for me. I think my foot was bigger than her leg.