It stems from the Mandarin word for “shoes,” which is pronounced “xié.” And it sounds identical to the word “evil,” also pronounced “xié.” So basically, if you give your partner shoes, it’s like you’re delivering evil vibes or bad luck.
Do with this information what you will. If you want to play it safe, skip out on getting those Nikes as a present for Christmas this year.
Or, if you’re looking to end things in a non-confrontational way, present a pair of shoes to your partner and see what happens.
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