FORT WORTH -- Pairs upon pairs of high-heeled showstoppers were out in Fort Worth Saturday morning, but the feet filling those fashion staples were more beast than beauty.
"It was almost like going through kidney stones!” said participant Larry Maddox. "It was that much pain!”
It was SafeHaven’s ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,’ forcing the fellas to walk one mile in high fashion.
"I felt like I was gonna fall over,” said participant Gary Korin. "I actually rolled my ankles twice on the trail.”
With teams like Chumps in Pumps and House of Horrors, the guys had a good time, but they were in platforms for a purpose as well.
"We have to walk a mile in these big ol' shoes right here,” said Fort Worth Police Officer and participant Daniel Segura, pointing at his black wedges. “This is just to bring awareness to the community about helping one another to reduce family violence.”
SafeHaven’s goal is to end domestic violence by raising awareness and helping victims, and these men got the message.
“We're having a lot of fun, but it’s really not fun behind the scenes,” Maddox said. "Anything we can do to support, I’m there.”
And on a more lighthearted note:
"Ladies, I think you oughta take all your shoes and toss 'em away and start wearing flats,” Maddox laughed. "You shouldn’t punish yourself that bad.”
SafeHaven said this year’s event featuring 70-80 men, more than both of their Walk a Mile events combined in 2015.