There will be much debate about Chuck Hagel’s place in history as he leaves the office of Secretary of Defense. But one fact remains indisputable; his predecessor will have some very fashionable shoes to fill.

Throughout his tenure, Hagel was frequently photographed discharging his duties with bold color or patterns in his wardrobe. Hayes Brown at Buzzfeed has chronicled Hagel rocking a tan suit and illuminating the colorful possibilities of dress socks. The man never looked the worse for wear.