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When Girl's Shoes Were Hurting Her, Her Boyfriend Did The Sweetest Thing

There was a time when men were expected to be chivalrous to women. If she came across a mud hole, he would whip off his coat and lay it down on the filth so she could walk across without getting her dainty shoes dirty. If the ship were sinking, and there was only one spot left in the lifeboat, she’d get it by default. He would stand up whenever she came into or left the room, offer to carry her bags for her or hold the door open for her. These kinds of things just don’t happen as often as they used to, and some say that chivalry is dead.

A Chinese couple were at the hospital in the waiting room, and it was an extremely long wait. The girl had been walking around in a pair of pink pumps, which apparently started hurting her after a while. The man did the sweetest thing to ease her discomfort: he switched shoes with her.

Another person in the waiting room noticed the exchange and snapped some photos. The person, known only as Xie, posted them on Weibo, a Chinese social media website similar to Twitter.

The gentleman let his girlfriend have his chair, as well as his black sandals. He wore her uncomfortable pink pumps and stood behind her, patiently waiting. The shoes didn't exactly match his sweatpants and t-shirt, so it was an extremely kind gesture.

When it became the couple's turn to go in, she asked if he wanted to switch shoes back. He declined and told her he was all right, then grabbed her hand and walked into the clinic with her heels. She followed behind in his sandals. It must be love.

"How do I get a boyfriend like that?" asked one woman on Weibo.

"I'd probably go barefoot than suffer wearing heels," said a man, who questioned the guy's decision to put the heels on.

Some felt it was a sure sign that the boyfriend was secure in his masculinity. Rather than risk stepping on something painful or getting his feet filthy with who knows what on a public floor, he opted to protect his feet and keep his girlfriend comfortable at the same time.

Why some people got bent out of shape that a man wore pink heels is a mystery. After all, if he didn't have a problem walking around all day in pink pumps, why should anyone else have a problem with it?

Some challenged those people who said the man should be praised for being brave enough to wear pink pumps, and asked if the woman with aching feet should be praised for being brave enough to wear the boyfriend’s sandals.

One thing is for sure though; chivalry isn’t dead after all. It may be endangered, but it isn’t extinct. The best thing of all now is that women are not considered helpless, clueless creatures. They can return the favor. Maybe we can stop calling it chivalry and just start calling it kindness.

Source: Mashable, Refinery 29
Photo: Weixin

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