I couldnt agree more. Going through this thread and seeing everyone talk about how they HAVE TO dress a certain way in their office, it's crazy! I don't think you will every find it in an employee manual where you have to dress in all black or grey and cant show any sign of personality.
Colored laces and more importantly colored socks are a great way to break up the boredom around you!
I work in a world class Medical Foundation of 60,000 FTE's and until recently (couple of months ago) the dress code in the employee manual stated men will wear black lace up dress shoes. And I totally understand the reason for dress codes and professionalism in appearance. The policy has recently changed to read:
Solid white, brown, navy, or black shoes.
Limited accent colors are permissible if the predominant shoe color is solid (i.e., less than 10% accent color).
And they now mention laces:
Laces should be appropriate for the style of shoe worn with colors restricted to white, black, brown, and navy
And on socks....
Socks should be a solid color in white or color-coordinated with the scrubs or shoes.
OK there had to been more than 100 people on that committee and they said match socks to shoes? Guess I was in uniform today after all if yellow matches walnut (erhh excuse me brown), rainy with severe thunderstorms so walnut calf McAllister's today.