Re: Recommendations for a better sneaker?
Adidas Stan Smiths or Rod Lavers. They'll last longer. Hell, even shell toes will last a hell of a lot longer.
I'm guessing there will be a recommendation for Generic Surplus (Chase ..?) - they can be found pretty cheap, look descent and will last awhile (although mine aren't all that comfortable for me so I rarely wear them).
Auk's words to live by:
Blow up and pin a picture of M. Bartoli on your wall. When you achieve that position, stop. Until then, stretch, ride, stretch, ride, eat less, and ride more.