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What would Kanye West make of these bad boys? Images of a new Skechers silhouette that looks suspiciously similar to the adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Beluga” have begun circulating online — and Twitter finds it hilarious.

Skechers has faced accusations of plagiarism before; first with a sneaker called the “Energy Burst,” which appeared to amalgamate the upper of Nike’s “Oreo” Flyknit racer with adidas’s Boost technology; and then with this dodgy Stan Smith lookalike. New Balance, Vans, Common Projects and even Saint Laurent are other brands that the footwear giant has seemingly ripped off over the years.

The latest kick, however, is perhaps the most blatant yet. Its knitted upper, zebra stripes and “Solar Red” design clearly aped from the  YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Beluga.” Earlier this year, Skechers applied the same aesthetic to this frankly bizarre looking dress shoe:

Honestly, who would wear those? The shoes in question were spotted by Twitter user @absrdst at an unknown Skechers location. Currently, it doesn’t appear they’re available to shop on the brand’s website — not that anyone would be looking to cop.

We can’t imagine seeing these on the feet of Ian Connor anytime soon.

Skechers isn’t the only mall brand ripping off designs. Zara is at it, too.

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