The secret battle over Kyle Reese's 1980s-era Nikes in Terminator: Genisys

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Dec 8, 2014, 4:09 PM EST

Other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, there's nothing to directly connect the original Terminator with the relaunch, right? Well ...

The Terminator, as a time-travel story, is not exactly what you might call ironclad in its cohesiveness and internal logic. But that's okay, wibbly wobbly deathy robots -- it's still a fun, dystopian robopocalypse romp. So we're all good.

But one of the things that's hard about the Terminator franchise continuing after all these years is that the new movies bear little to no resemblence to the original sci-fi/horror cult hit that bore them.

Thankfully, there are two things about Terminator: Genisys that harken back to the days of old. One, of course, is Schwarzenegger, who has defied all odds and continues to be able to pull off playing the T-800.

So what's the other thing?

That's right. Shoes. Of course. What else?

You see, in the original Terminator, Michael Biehn, wore Nike Vandals while playing Kyle Reese. Jai Courtney, who plays Reese in Genisys, will also be wearing Nike Vandals.

Yup. And it was a make-or-break deal according to costume designer Susan Matheson. You see, Nike tried to make a cheap replica of the Vandals, but Matheson wasn't fooled.

I’m a sneaker person and I know every single base of every sneaker. The Air Force One base is not the same as a Nike Vandal. So I said, ‘No. I’m not going to do that. I need you to make me the real sneaker… Everybody watching this movie is going to know if it’s the real sneaker or the non-real sneaker.’ Anyone who is a fan of Terminator knows that sequence and knows the photo booth, and knows him grabbing the jacket, and knows that he’s taken the pants off the bum in the alley. We all know this, because I’ve watched this movie in slow motion frame by frame over and over and over. This is the entire reason I went into moviemaking, was a combination between Terminator and Mad Max. Those two movies made me decide that I wanted to do costumes. So for me, if I can’t give you the real sneaker, then I might as well not do the movie, right?

We're not sure how many people would have stormed out of the theater shouting, "Those ain't no Vandals, son!" Thankfully, though, we don't have to live in the universe where that tragedy would've happened.

The day is saved. Now, to just prevent the Skynet end times. Which seems pretty easy now that we've got this whole shoe situation on lock.

(via Uproxx)