If there’s one thing I love more than menswear, it’s the scientific method. Over the weekend, Twitter user ibelievethehype (and I now definitely believe the hype), posted a tweet claiming that, no matter how you throw your Vans, they will always land facing-up. The user included a short two-second video to prove the point (spoiler alert: they land face up).
Did you know it doesn’t matter how you throw your vans they will land facing up pic.twitter.com/nKVJCncW4H
— lana m!sses tøp (@lanacutherlip) March 2, 2019
Over the course of 48 hours, the Tweet racked up thousands of replies with hundreds of people testing the theory for themselves. (This includes yours truly, who threw his Engineered Garments x Vans slip-ons in the air, off the stairs, and even off a balcony). For some reason — somehow, someway, and most likely to do with the fact that these have heavy vulcanized soles — Vans indeed always land on their feet. Some Twitter proof:
I’VE NEVER BEEN SO ENTERTAINED pic.twitter.com/kkcNyDvtpH
— Abbey Santoro (@abbeyruns) March 4, 2019
i was pretty sure it was a scam until i tried it myself,, wow pic.twitter.com/IRkbAJ8dnE
— ılgın,, W̶E̶ (@odetoblasphemy) March 3, 2019
ok i am officially shook pic.twitter.com/Ur3UI9GZbH
— 𝒮𝑜𝒻𝒾𝒶 (@happilyhood_) March 3, 2019
— 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚 ⌖ | 106 (@babylonwebber) March 2, 2019
— 𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙮 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔﾉ♡ (@sbvins) March 3, 2019
So I felt y’all were throwing them to soft so I went outside and.. pic.twitter.com/7LS5EI55Lu
— Veeeee👽😈 (@Yee_vena15) March 4, 2019
Some people even tested this in what appears to be a shoe store.
— kristen (@Kristenng28) March 3, 2019
Truly incredible. Literally works every time.
does it count pic.twitter.com/bHTZLIAnsJ
— eve ❄️ (@frostymeanie) March 3, 2019
Some dishonest people, however, tried to disprove this with some bad testing. I mean, this is clearly interference.
— Jo🥰🧡 (@__jodak) March 4, 2019
Note, this only works with non-broken Vans.
Have you tried putting them in rice?
— 𝔽𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕚𝔾𝕦𝕔𝕔𝕚ℙ𝕣𝕒𝕕𝕒 (@annoyingleo16) March 4, 2019
If you have a pair of Vans at home, I encourage you to test this for yourself. You can use Chuck Taylors, Birkenstocks, or Alden shell cordovan gunboats as a control group.