After absorbing some of the advice in the links provided above, I applied the new knowledge and skills towards further polishing of my pair of Allen Edmonds Park Avenue. This time, I used miniscule amounts of polish and miniscule amounts of saliva per coat, instead of gobs of each like I did to achieve the shine seen in the first post-polishing photo above. After one thin coat on the majority of the shoe and about five or six thin coats on the toe caps, I finally have a ridiculously reflective shine. The toe caps in particular resemble the light-reflecting qualities found in patent leather. I couldn't decide which photo below I liked better but I tried to replicate the first post-polishing photo above in terms of lighting, exposure, and angle for a close comparison.