Admit it — when you think "Ralph Lauren," you think purveyor of all things prep, right? So do we — but maybe that's not such a bad thing. We may not have run with the polo-playing, horsey set back in our high-school days (Smiths fans with problem skin were more our scene) — but now that we're all grown-up, we like to rock that polished, preppy look now and then.
Our fave way to get a little New England into our ensembles — without resorting to a popped collar? Ralph Lauren's perfectly polished — but never stuffy — shoes. From surprisingly edgy ankle boots to straight-up editorial, seafoam bamboo pumps (helloooo, Chanel Summer '12!), these covetable kicks are more at home at the club, than at the country club, so don't worry — you can rock 'em with your cool cred totally intact.
Click on for our favorite preppy pumps and boots that are anything but buttoned-up!
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Ralph Lauren Quintin Suede Oxford, $595, available at Ralph Lauren.
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Ralph Lauren Odette Rubber Rain Boot, $199, available at Ralph Lauren.