Some are seeing the footwear as a combination of grey and teal, while others are viewing it as a pink sneaker with white edges. Bizarre, isn’t it? The shoe is stirring up quite a sensation online as people continue to pit against each other because of the maddening illusion.
The debate actually began when a UK woman posted a picture of these sneaky sneakers on a Facebook group, insisting that they were pink in colour. They were apparently her friend’s shoes and the whole discussion stirred up when her mother thought that the shoes were grey and blue.
Here is what she said:
“My mom says this is pink and white… I see teal and grey. What do you see?”
Since then, people are going crazy all over the social media over the hues of these shoes. So, before any more relationships and friendships get ruined over the colour of this magical shoe, we actually have an answer for you.
SO, ARE THESE SHOES TEAL AND GREY, OR PINK AND WHITE?
*Drum rolls* The shoes are actually pink and white. So, all of you who are viewing it as blue and teal, your eyes are deceiving you. Several theories are floating around online which talk about the right and left brain dominance. It is being said that if your left brain is dominant, you will see grey and green and if your right brain is dominant, you are bound to see pink and white.
While we cannot really vouch for all these bizarre theories, we can actually tell you the difference between being left-brained and right-brained.
The theory of left-brain dominance says that people who are actually “left-brained” tend to be more logical, practical and analytical. They also prefer cold, hard facts.
While on the other hand, the “right-brained” people are more imaginative, thoughtful and even intuitive. They also tend to more creative and artistic by nature.
So, why exactly do we see the colours differently?
Experts have actually weighed in to settle this ferocious debate. According to Wally Thoreson, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, “People who see a pink shoe see a blue light in the background. People who see a grey shoe are being told by their brains that the light is white. In the case of this image, our brain is also taking cues from the colour of the hand holding the shoe. And some people may have subconsciously factored in that shoelaces are typically white.”
“Each of us makes slightly different unconscious assumptions,” he also added.
This biological phenomenon actually says a lot about the magical ways in which our body functions and the choices our magnificent brain makes. Be rest assured that there is nothing with your eyes or even your brain if you see blue and green, instead of the original pink and white.
The Vans footwear in question is actually pink in colour and is sold online in Europe. Here is the original image, minus the flash.