Not really, ever seen Run DMC? funny, ran into DMC at Blue in Green a couple days ago. anyways, certain shoes are supposed to look dirty, certain shoes are not. air force ones and other chunky nike shoes are meant to be clean and white. vans, chuck taylors and other skinny "rocker" shoes look better with some wear and tear. in my opinion, air max and sb's can be worn clean or dirty. BTW, i can't believe that no one knew about the clear packing tape on the inside of the jean cuff trick (i prefer it over masking tape). solves your problems right there.