Thank you for the tip, it actually was perfect advice. I used less polish and added more water and it started giving me that smooth resistance again. Almost finished, going to go add one or two more light layers tomorrow after it dries, then nylon.
Looks reddish but that's just lighting. It's definitely darker since I added dark brown cream and black polish where I wanted it. Real life doesn't look as dark brown as it does in the picture.
Any tips on improving the look? I personally didn't want the whole cap evenly shiny so I purposely shined the edges more than the middle. I left the crease sections slightly unpolished, still shined, polished the sides a bit, added some black, and semi-mirror polished the heels. Upper is slightly polished but not quite reflective, I just figured it would end up looking like a patent shoe which I don't really like.