What Color Is This Shoe? The Internet Can’t Decide!

We’ve got another “The Dress” on our hands—except this time, it’s a shoe. The latest item to spark a contentious internet debate is a Vans sneaker. People can’t seem to agree on the color combination: Some see a gray shoe with a teal stripe while others see a pink shoe with a white stripe. Which camp do you fall under? You’ll have to take a look for yourself.

Unfortunately, this is an “if you give a mouse a cookie” situation in that once you look, you’re not going to be able to stop yourself from seeing what people have to say about it. How many others see the color combination you see? Why are people seeing completely different colors than you do?

Next thing you know, it has consumed your entire day. See, it’s “The Dress” all over again.

Nevertheless … here’s the photo that started it all.


Some folks are certain these sneakers are pink and white.

Others think a green filter/lighting is to blame for the varied appearance.

The discrepancy has people on the Internet pretty confused, to say the least.


Now, I can’t speak for those who are seeing pink and white. I happen to see gray and teal when I look at the original image, but what do I know? I also thought “The Dress” was black and blue.

In case you’re unfamiliar, “The Dress” was the first internet phenomenon of its kind. It had people feuding online in 2015 about whether it was blue and black or white and gold. The whole brouhaha has since sparked many other optical illusions online.

“The Dress” had everyone wondering why people were seeing different color combinations in the first place. Eye surgeon Paul Dougherty told Today.com it was all in our heads — literally.

“It’s a perception issue. It’s the way the brain processes information that comes in,” he said. “Everyone’s brain is different, so even though it’s the same stimulus coming in, which it is, everyone processes the information differently.”

Regarding “The Shoe,” one way to settle this once and for all might be to pay a visit to the Vans website. There you’ll see that this type of shoe doesn’t come in a gray and teal option. There’s a gray pair with a white stripe as well as a pink and white version.


So, is it just that the lighting of the original tweet has caused confusion surrounding the shade of these shoes? That could definitely be the case!

Now, let’s just hope you reach a conclusion before the entire day’s gone to waste.