I like to think of spring as a time where everything gets a little lighter and brighter. It’s out with the dark colors and in with the colors that constantly make you think of warm days. One of the most obvious springtime trends that I’ve been noticing is the incorporation of white shoes (be it sneakers, sandals or brogues) with absolutely everything. It’s the easiest way to instantly freshen up an outfit while still looking chic for the spring.

Take this Fashionista for example. She paired her all-white oxfords with leather pants, a white sweater and the perfect trench coat. Even though she had some elements from her winter wardrobe tied into her look, her entire outfit still screamed “spring” thanks to her white shoes. White shoes like this Fashionista’s add a certain lift to any outfit while making it instantly refreshing.

If you’re looking for ways to freshen up some of your favorite pieces from winter, adding a pair of white shoes to any look is an excellent place to start. If you’re more of an oxford girl, like this Fashionista, consider this pair from & Other Stories. Another way to get the crisp and clean white shoe effect while maintaining all the comfort is to try out white tennis shoes. You can never go wrong when wearing the classics, so try out a pair of Stan Smiths by adidas or a pair of white Converse All-Stars.

So while it may not be Memorial Day just yet, I’m sure that the whole “no white until after Memorial Day” rule is pretty much obsolete at this point. Go ahead and slip on a pair of bright white shoes to incorporate a little springtime spring in your step.

How To: Once you have your white kicks, this Fashionista’s look is easy to take inspiration from. Just match your favorite white sweater with a pair of leather pants or leggings, and you’re good to go.