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People can't tell if these sneakers are pink or gray.

Susanna Heller / ThisIsInsider.com
October 13, 2017

This story originally appeared on ThisIsInsider.com.

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.

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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.

The Twitter user who shared the photo of the shoes, which do not belong to them, said that she sees them as gray with teal details.

Other users say they see the same colors.

However, some people see the shoes as pink with white stripes.

Further complicating this situation, one Twitter user manipulated the original photo to show that the sneakers are actually pink.

This changed the way a lot of people — including the original poster — saw the shoes.

I swear I saw grey and teal before-

—Julia (@TFILDOLANS) October 11, 2017

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One user tried to explain this phenomenon.

"It's originally pink & white, the flash & bad quality camera is what makes [sic] appear teal & grey or pink & white," one person wrote.

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.

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

Courtesy of DSW

DSW sells the sneakers in "Blush" for $55.

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