Looking forward to seeing your results.
I have the Townleys and think they're fine in terms of shinyness. There is a user here that really shines up his shell shoes something fierce. Like mirrors or patent leather. IMO that's overkill.
Also, the polish that AE applies will eventually "burn" away by itself, i think. After a couple of wears, just mac method them and they get shiny again. In know mine have minor scuffs, etc. and the stuff that oozes from shell when you're brushing is like a natural polish. The scuffs magically go away.
I spoke to the head of AE's recrafting department this afternoon, and she recommended using carnauba wax on cordovan to get a shine. She ought to know what she's talking about, but has anyone tried this?