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Zayn Anoints Trend of Wearing Just One Yeezy Boost

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Over the weekend, Zayn went on a hike in Malibu with a group of people that did not include his girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid. Other things the hike did not include: two Yeezy Boosts. Things the hike did include: one Yeezy Boost.

Paparazzi managed to catch a photo of the singer wearing a single sneaker that appeared to be the black version of Kanye's Adidas trainer. If you assumed the other shoe would be one that is slightly more appropriate for outdoor activities, however, you would be wrong. His other shoe was a dress boot.

But evidently, Zayn is not the first person to do this. Writer and creative director Chris Black recently noticed a person waiting in line for the Yeezy pop-up in LA wearing one Yeezy Boost and one duck boot:

Meanwhile, the rest of Twitter has been noticing similar instances, and sharing similarly perplexed reactions:

Same goes for different-colored Yeezys:

Some people even prefer Crocs to dress shoes:

The best of these, however, might be the pairing of a Yeezy and a foot cast, as modeled by Juicy J:

As well as another former One Directioner, Niall Horan:

Asked whether he thinks wearing just one Yeezy Boost with one other shoe is an actual thing, Black tells Racked: "It's insane. I don't think it's a thing, but nothing would surprise me at this point." The only plausible theory, then, is that sharing a pair of Yeezy Boosts with a friend is the new BFF necklace. Yep, that's definitely what it is.