(Meredith) -- It’s happening again. A photo of a clothing item, posted on social media, is causing a raucous debate over what color it is.
Before, the infamous dress that was either blue or white. Now, a shoe, seen by some as teal on grey, and by others as white on pink.
What colors do you see?
The poster of this photo said the shoes aren’t hers, but she thinks they’re grey and teal.
ITS TEAL AND GREY— the shoe thing (@TFILDOLANS) October 11, 2017
Another twitter user thinks the shoe is actually pink and white, and just looks teal and grey in the viral photo because of the lighting and the camera’s flash.
THE REAL SHOE IS PINK & WHITE OKAY??— alisha?? (@dolansmalik) October 11, 2017
The second pic was with flash & darkened, so it looks teal & gray. (depends on what lighting ur in) pic.twitter.com/FlbO3OEEuC
All over Twitter, people weighed in with their takes on the colorful conundrum.
it’s originally pink & white, the flash & bad quality camera is what makes appear teal & grey or pink & white. here’s the original: pic.twitter.com/oyXEZapJAr— ? (@staruins) October 11, 2017
Turquoise and gray.. Right?— Spooky Dolans ?? (@Sabrina050605) October 11, 2017
A professor of neuroscience told the Guardian the differing experiences of the color of the shoe were due to the brain attempting to color correct, something our brains do constantly.
“The sky is blue, but everything you see under a blue sky isn’t blue. This is because your visual system is pretty darn good at figuring out what part of the light that you’re seeing is caused by the light source, and what part is caused by the surfaces themselves. We only really care about the surfaces – this is the part of the light that tells us about objects. The color of the light itself is usually pretty meaningless.” -Bevil Conway, associate professor of neuroscience at Wellesley College
The debate may already be settled, though. The shoe appears to match a Vans women’s shoe called ‘Old Skool,’ which comes in mahogany rose (pink) and true white, but not grey and teal.