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The attention to detail on a pair of retros has to be absolutely spot-on to satisfy sneakerheads. Even the slightest change in a shade of red (e.g. "Varsity Red" vs. "Infrared") is enough to drive the people in this culture crazy.
It's this same attention to detail that led Susan Matheson, a costume designer for the upcoming Terminator: Genisys film, to basically plead with Nike to bring back the O.G. Vandal sneakers that were in The Terminator flick from 1984. You see, the character Kyle Reese wore black/silver Vandals in the first movie and, based on the plot of the upcoming film, which involves Reese traveling back in time, Matheson wanted the wardrobe from the original scenes, including the sneakers, to match the new scenes in the upcoming film.
"Nike wanted me to design an ID, like something, using the Air Force One base," Matheson told io9. "But 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."
Eventually, Nike gave Matheson what she wanted, as we can see from the early previews of the movie, and made the special pair of Vandals just for the film.
For Matheson, it's all about the integrity of her craft.
"Everybody watching this movie is going to know if it's the real sneaker or the non-real sneaker," she said. "For me, if I can't give you the real sneaker, then I might as well not do the movie, right?"