I didn't see your post until today!!
I had a HUGE bunion on my rt. foot. It hurt like H**L. Of course, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
ANYWAY, stick with the good (translation: expensive) athletic shoes. Don't get clogs until you have your bunions removed!! (that is, if you're going to do it).
I had my bunion 'done' the day after my last day of clinical my senior year of school. I graduated on crutches. I sponge bathed for 6 weeks. I had a lovely chafe pattern under my arms. I had pins in my toe. When they took off the cast, my leg hair had grown so long I needed a machete. BUT...it was WORTH EVERY STINKING MINUTE of those 6 weeks for the pain free life I lead now!! The surgery itself isn't bad at all. They slice out a section of the bone in your foot, re-align the remaining unaffected segments, put pins in, and cement it back together. I had a rx for demerol and phenergan, but never took it ONCE. No post op pain what so ever until the cast came off and I had to WALK again (ouch!).
A nurse I work with had both of hers done at the same time. It was a looooooong 12 week recovery, but she says the same thing....WORTH IT...TOTALLY. I would definitely recommend surgery, but make sure you go to a GOOD surgeon. Get recommendations, etc.. And make sure the doc isn't just going to cut off the 'bump.' The bones need to be RE-ALIGNED, and that is only accomplished by cutting out part of your metatarsal. I suggest you see an ortho surgeon who specializes in feet. Good luck!!!