The ad salesman got his pair from Nordstrom’s sale rack — a deep burgundy, open-toe set. The photographer got his from the thrift store — a denim pair sure to match his thick, white gym socks.
Safe to say, the Payson Roundup’s Bobby Davis and Andy Towle had never pondered if their heels would complement their slacks, until now.
On Thursday, both men, along with KMOG’s Brandon Iron, have agreed to walk a mile in high heels to bring awareness to domestic violence during Time Out Inc. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
While it is only a mile, Davis said it could be the longest mile of his life.
“I have not been practicing and I’ll probably be really sorry that I haven’t,” he said. “It is going to be a long mile.”
Davis and Towle said they agreed to show their solidarity in heels because they want to help bring awareness to the shelter and the work they are doing to end domestic violence.
“All guys should walk a mile in their shoes,” Davis said. “It is not easy being a woman in a situation like that.”
Iron said he invites everyone to attend, including other men in heels, and stomp out domestic violence.
Event chair, Pat Johnson, said the walk will hopefully bring awareness to what a real man looks like, even with heels on.
“A real man doesn’t control, demean or ridicule women,” she said. “A real man doesn’t hit or abuse women. A real man is a leader in his home.”
The walk starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and march along with the other participants.
Davis said he is excited to try out his new red pumps that Time Out’s executive director Camille Levee picked up off the discount rack at Nordstrom’s.
“I am wearing some extremely beautiful shoes,” he said. “I just have to find something to wear with them.”
Although a fashion faux pas, Towle, the Roundup’s photographer, said he planned to wear athletic socks with his denim kicks.
For more information or to register, call (928) 472-8007 or visit www.timeoutshelter.org.