Having a clean pair of sneakers isn't all it takes to make them pass as acceptable at sometimes. It often helps to have something either black, or as close to black as possible, as the only thing being worn if they're not shoes. At first glance, many all-black sneakers go undetected as options that are way cooler than something with brogueing or a leather sole. The less attention they draw, the better. The goal is to wear sneakers and get away with it, not announce to the world that rules are being broken. And that advice can go for multiple aspects in life.