The good news is I went to a shop today to get new kicks, and there was only one pair of sneakers on the clearance rack in my size - A PAIR OF BLACK SAUCONYs! Bonus. I saved $65 on the shoes and can celebrate my cheap-skate ways.
Why such good karma? I don't know, but I'm stoked to have a pair of running shoes that contain my left toe again. Happy trails!