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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.
Why is Zayn wearing a yeezy on one foot and a boot on the other pic.twitter.com/4M8gfyis6y— megs (@zjmftzquad) May 25, 2016
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:
SMFH, people are insane. pic.twitter.com/9d7Ef8bAid— Chris Black (@donetodeath) May 22, 2016
Meanwhile, the rest of Twitter has been noticing similar instances, and sharing similarly perplexed reactions:
This boy in my class is wearing a boot on one foot and a yeezy boost on the other agshshja— ÇhĚè§Ý MctItȚÝ (@faleeps_22) April 19, 2016
Same goes for different-colored Yeezys:
This guy at the Tanger Outlets is rocking one Pirate black yeezy on one foot and one moonrock yeezy in the other .— Jimmy Cisneros (@jim4thetrey_3) April 9, 2016
this guy has a white yeezy on one foot & a black one on the other.... done af— jthugy (@JessicaaMarieeM) February 22, 2016
Some people even prefer Crocs to dress shoes:
Croc in one foot yeezy in the other— WXMELL (@wxmelI) February 1, 2016
The best of these, however, might be the pairing of a Yeezy and a foot cast, as modeled by Juicy J:
Juicy J with a cast on one foot and a yeezy boost on the other pic.twitter.com/T6qckqdSFn— Aaron (@RastaMonRifla) May 26, 2015
As well as another former One Directioner, Niall Horan:
He's literally wearing a yeezy boot on one foot and an actual BOOT on the other foot I'm crying pic.twitter.com/ifaS5ETcRl— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@secret_gypsy) September 20, 2015
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.