If you would rather not have the bouncers laughing and pointing at your feet while queueing for a club this Christmas, here is a bluffers guide to the four best-selling trainers and whether you should, or shouldn't be seen in them.
1. Nike Air Max (pounds 109.99): Top of the range in lightweight organic cyber-footwear with the latest in air-technology, reflective materials and all the other bits that give them that Trekkie look. "You can never go wrong with a good pair of Nike's - especially if you're a student." says The Face fashion department.
2. Adidas Galaxy (pounds 44.99): Originally sported by Brit-pop icons, Adidas attracts a different customer to Nike -those who prefer a simpler, more casual design and a retro look. "The Jamiroquai of sneakers and, like him, now transcending fashionability," says The Face. The Mixmag verdict: "The Adidas designs are much of a muchness. They use to be worn by the Acid Jazz types; now they're worn by16-year-olds."
3. Reebok Classics (pounds 49.99): are old favourites. They are bought by the fashion-conscious who would rather not have to upgrade their footwear every few months. "Worn by real geezers, you know, squeaky-clean, casual London boys," says Kirsty Drury of Mixmag. "Choice of the true urban homeboy. And acid Ted," adds The Face.
4. Vans Razor (pounds 62.00): These used to be the definitive "old school" skateboarder's shoe before, according to the true skaters, they became a corporate cliche. They are trying to return to the fold by donating a proportion of their profits to keeping the skate scene alive. "A skateboarder wouldn't be seen dead in these," says Mixmag. "They're grim, they're bland and I don't like the name. I'd rather wear my cowboy boots." says Katie Grande from Dazed and Confused.