I am including it as a brand that is not only sold by Nordstroms, but was highly recommended by the Manager I spoke to - who wears this brand in a dress version when on his feet each day. He still owns many AE shoes and other quality items . . . but looking at his Echos from a normal view would very seldom spell out an inferior shoe. You may wish to try a pair on, or visit Ecco's web site for many more details about their mission.
Thanks for the question,
It's actually difficult for me to categorize any of Ecco's models as "dress" shoes in the traditional sense.