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People can't tell if these sneakers are pink or gray — but there's a simple way to find the truth


The INSIDER Summary:

- People can't tell if a pair of Vans sneakers is pink and white or gray and teal.

- This is because the photo was taken in bad lighting.

- Half of the people are unequivocally wrong.

- It's like the dress all over again.

In a situation that feels eerily reminiscent of the debate over the color of the dress in 2015, the internet is divided over the true color of a pair of sneakers.

Some people see the shoes as pink with white accents, while others see them as gray with teal accents — and people can't stop arguing about the sneakers' real color.

This theory seems to check out. When we ran the first the image through Photoshop, it recognized the shoes as teal and gray.


However, this can be chalked up to the poor lighting and overall quality of the photo. 

You can see further proof of the funky lighting in the bottom left corner of the photo, where a human hand appears to be an unnatural shade of blue.



How did this happen? 

Just like the case of the dress in 2015, our eyes are unable to register the range of colors presented here, leading some people to see the shoes as pink and white and others to see them as grey and blue. 

Depending on your sensitivity to light, you'll see a totally different shoe, as explained in a 2015 Business Insider article. 

Strange lighting aside, the verdict is clear: The retro Vans sneakers are actually pink and white.