It is tricky. I can say:
- In some regions, a lot of preppy people wear Birkenstocks. Virtually everyone I know who would fit this description in Maine, for example, has at least one pair.
- They are compatible with preppy items like Patagonia Stand Up Shorts, and a Ralph Lauren Polo (shown below). But compatibility alone is not enough.
|I do own them, and was wearing a pair today while shearing.|
|There are styles and colors that are, relatively speaking, preppier than others.|
Having said all of that (insert obligatory Bobos in Paradise* reference here), the jury may still be out. How do you vote?
*From Amazon: "Bobos" - the bourgeois bohemians - are an unlikely blend of mainstream culture and 1960s-era counterculture that, according to David Brooks, represents both America's present and future.