My color 8 boots after a shine session last fall. Poured on the contrast in post just for the El Argentino school of image editing .
I am a fan of nicely saturated, heavy contrast images. It certainly has its place. Note, my attempt at mirror polishing the cap toe didn't last that long. I wanted to be able to dress them down. So after all that work, I applied a bit of renovateur and brushed them out. It removed just enough wax to reduce the mirror effect but still look sharp (IMO).
From your other posts I feel like we have similarly "widish" feet, mine are just a size or two smaller.
Did you size up a half size from 1000 mile to the J crew cap toe boot? Do you wear an E width in anything? Just trying to decide if I should give these boots a shot even though they don't sell them in an E.