I Guess This Shoe Is the New "The Dress"

What color do you see, blah blah.

Our friends at are trying to make you fall for the "What color is this THING" business again. You may still remember the traumatic matter of which broke eyes, screens, and friendships worldwide in 2015.

This time around, it's a shoe: a Vans Old Skool sneaker, to be exact.

WHAT COLOR ARE THESE SNEAKERS/LACES? 🤣😬🤦🏽

— Alicia Marie 👉🏽Twitch (@AliciaMarieBODY)

An immediate poll of the office saw one lone truth-teller describing the shoe as pink and white. Everyone else said they saw grey and turquoise.

Who is right?

Twitter user @AliciaMarieBODY, who tweeted the picture, hasn't actually explained what color the shoes are, but we think we know. "The world doesn't have time for these games," said photo editor Mariel Tyler. "We have to end this right here, right now." And because she's a good person, she gave us this explanation of what's going on in the picture. "The camera's not reading white as white—the color temperature is totally off. It's like when you take a picture when you have a flash on, you will look bluer than you are, because flashes have have a blue tint—it's cooler-colored, versus, like, a tungsten light."

So the white laces have likely been rendered blue in this picture—they're not actually blue.

Mariel also helpfully fixed the photo by adjusting the color balance, to help those of you who can't make the switch from grey/blue:

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Left: the original photo; Right: the color-corrected photo
Twitter + Mariel Tyler

So there.

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