Thanks all for the advice!

To be clear, I have at least 5 pairs of different dress shoes (though none is the same quality as JE or Meermin). My only pair of "nice" dress shoes is a pair of AE Seconds Carlyles, and are frankly terrible (should have sent them back when I bought them). I do like the AE Hopkinson (have tried it on in person), just cannot afford to spend that much right now.

I appreciate all the continued feedback! It's definitely helpful, and sounds like I can't really go wrong either way