Gift-giving is one of the five love languages, and for those of us that show – and receive – love this way, it can be pretty fun.
Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a surprise present? Whether that be a bunch of flowers or a romantic break away.
But now, TikTok is warning loved-up couples that there is one gift you should never give your partner – or risk suffering the consequences.
According to the ‘shoe theory’, gifting your significant other a pair of shoes will ultimately lead to the end of your relationship.
Yep, sounds shocking, but whether it be the humble flipflop or some high-end kicks, TikTok is warning against presenting your loved one with a shoebox anytime soon.
The trend has recently gained traction, with a number of TikTokers sharing their own stories.
Creator Brooke recalled how her husband bought her shoes the week before she left him, adding: ‘I still haven’t worn them.’
So where did the shoe theory come from?
According to user Angela Chaan, the theory actually has roots in Chinese culture and has been passed down through generations.
Essentially, she says, the theory goes that ‘if you gift someone a pair of shoes, they will eventually walk out on you’.
According to Angela, the Mandarin word for shoes sounds similar to the word for bad luck or evil.
Commenters chimed in, adding that, for anyone who did recently buy their partner a pair of shoes, the superstition goes that all you have to do is accept £1 from them to reverse the bad luck.
In essence, they’re buying the shoes from you, so they’re no longer a gift.
Angela went on to share another video with other gifting superstitions her followers had shared in the comments.
Some said you should never buy someone a watch or perfume, because their love for you will run out – like the seconds on a clock – or fade away respectively – like the scent of your favourite eau de parfum.
Consider yourself warned.
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