I’m ashamed to ask this, but are these shoes pink-and-white or gray-and-teal?

The infamous online argument over “The Dress” and its true colors was probably one of our collective low points as a society.  Generally speaking, it doesn’t actually matter what color a particular item of clothing is, unless you’re the one who’s about to put it on your body. The whole thing really just seemed like an excuse for everyone to bicker (which, granted, has basically become the internet’s modus operandi).

That said, I’m sorry to say that I have unfortunately been sucked into the later debate over clothing item’s color palette, and I have some OPINIONS about it.

The whole debacle began on Wednesday when Twitter user @JuliaCharlotte tweeted a photo of a Vans shoe with the query, “What colour is this?”

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As is usually the case in these instances, the internet was decidedly split on the issue.

Some people were certain that the shoe was obviously gray and teal.

Others were fairly confident that the shoe was actually pink and white.

I usually avoid getting mixed up in these things, but I’m just going to go ahead and say (with as much certainty as I can muster) that these shoes are pink and white. My reasoning is two-fold:

1. ) The shoes are definitely not available in any combination of gray-and-teal on the Vans site — but they are, however, available in “Mahogany Rose/True White.”

2.) Just look at what happens when you adjust the greenish filter on the photo and mess with the “warmth” scale:

screen shot 2017 10 12 at 1 43 05 pm Im ashamed to ask this, but are these shoes pink and white or gray and teal?

One of the reasons the filter trick worked so well is that the shoe is really the only featured subject in the photograph. The hand and the background aren’t super visible, so it’s difficult to tell that a filter has been applied.

Am I embarrassed that I went to considerable lengths to prove my point in a Twitter debate?

I don’t know. Maybe? It depends what filter you put on it.

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