Shoes switcheroo raises eyes, money

There was plenty of respect from men for what women go through during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Saturday in downtown Marshalltown.

Dozens of men slipped on high heel shoes as part of the first-year fundraiser for Domestic Violence Alternatives and the Sexual Assault Center. They competed in contests then took a walk around downtown in the shoes as part of the event, which raised more than $500.

Marshalltown resident Jeff Harris accessorized his high heels with a pair of gray and pink striped socks.

“I don’t know why women would do this – they hurt,” Harris said. “We’re doing this for a good cause.”

Local man Roy Minjares said his shoes were reminiscent of the slippers in the “Wizard of Oz” and he too was hurting.

“It’s for a good cause and I’m here for the experience and to have a good time,” Minjares said.

Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, was one of several Marshall County Sheriff’s Office employees to take on the high heels. He was in awe of what women have to go through with footwear.

“They are truly not comfortable at all,” Sodders said. “They do make my legs look slimmer.”

Before the walk, the men took part in several contests including best walk, highest heels and best legs. Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper won the best legs contest.

“I always like to win,” Tupper said.

Event organizer D.L. Dean was happy with the turnout on the windy day and plans to make this an annual event.

“They are having a good time,” Dean said.