one piece of advice is if you do obenauf and/or oil them, make sure to make the boots not sticky, as the dust/micro particles will get in the leather and cause microtears and speed up the cracking process.
^ ceramics friend:
have her set up a linked in account , listing her company and her skills. have her connect with a few friends and set up a "network" there. eventually a name will pop up that might help her.
some of these replies cant be serious.
i'll vouch for the alden and loafers recs. not sure if cp sneakers are "for going out", depends on the setting i guess.
walk-over makes nice suede bucks from what i hear. of course if money's no object, i'd get alden instead of those.
rancourt also makes nice "casual" shoes.
different lasts, different insoles, different leather, different welt. i had a pair of 875's for a couple weeks and have a pair of 877's and 1097's now. the 1907's are much more comfortable, the 877 (basically 8" version of 875) is not very comfortable. they do fine for an 8 hour day, but i've done as much as 24 hour days in 1907's with no discomfort.