While I don't agree with everything here, I think there is alot of wisdom to what mexicutioner has said. Initially, you said that the McAllister may be a bit too flashy, but it isn't nearly as flashy as the blue Webgem you are looking at. Starting off in a career, you probably don't want your first impression the simply be "the guy with the bright blue shoes." Something more conservative and utilitarian is much safer and more versatile. The only thing that I disagree with is the sweeping exclusion of anything balmoral. There are several balmorals that are perfectly fine for what you are aiming at. Heck, even the blue Webgem is a balmoral, and it surely isn't dressy. In fact, balmoral construction can take an otherwise very casual shoe and dress it up just enough to make it work with business casual. Allen Edmonds runs sales very frequently, and since you live near a factory seconds store, you will have access to shoes on sale regularly. I wouldn't get a pair of shoes that isn't really what you need simply because it is a little bit cheaper in the moment. These shoes will last you a long long time, and you will forget about the extra $25 or $50 you spent to make sure you have what you really need in no time.
balmorals are inherently dressy, so any casual balmoral has to add a lot of casual elements to overcome the inherent dressiness. nine times out of ten, that added stuff takes them out of the realm of versatile.
walnut strands are a very light color with tons of broguing. they're quite casual, but they stand out like a mf.
similarly, my natural-colored neumoks go great with jeans, but only because they're made from a very rough-looking leather, which is even more casual than suede.
this is why i said he should stick to bluchers: you can easily find a simple, dark brown blucher that will work with casual clothes. not so with balmorals.
in summary: i didn't mean to imply that there are no casual balmorals. only that it's easier to find a casual, versatile blucher than balmoral.