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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.
i don't use shoe trees, but i use mine for actual work (construction sites, etc).i oil them about once every 4 months or so with red wing boot oil.
 those descriptions are frighteningly spot on.
unionmade, archival should have stuff you need.
^ 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.
^   yeah, i believe those soles were meant for farm work and hunting originally, i.e. mud and dirt, not hard surfaces.
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.
learn something new every day (re: brutalism). lived in eastern europe as a young kid, that type of architecture is commonplace, never knew there was a name for it.
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.
looks like 5 for me:   red wing 1907 red wing 877 red wing iron ranger black clarks desert boots in beeswax alden indy 405
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