From high heels to flip flops, men of all ages donned a pair of lady’s shoes Friday.
“It was a lot harder than I expected. I will definitely never say anything bad about walking in heels again. That’s definitely not as easy as it looks,” said walker Nick Mamalis.
It was a fun walk, for a serious cause. It was a chance for the men to stand up for the women in the community who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Men showed off their shoes on the Pueblo riverwalk in support of their mothers, sisters, co-workers, friends, neighbors and community to raise awareness. And in turn, the men hope to send strong messages to other men and boys that violence against women must be stopped.
The CSU Pueblo wrestling team took a stroll in the stilettos for the cause. They won an award for being the most spirited team to take part in the event.
Mamalis, a wrestler, won the ruby red slipper award for wearing the highest pair of heels.
“This is a great cause and a great way for our team to be involved in the community. Our coach always stresses helping out, being a member of the community, and being a positive role model, and this is just another opportunity for us to do something good for it,” Mamalis said.
The YWCA of Pueblo partnered with Pueblo Rape Crisis to put on the 3rd annual event. They hope by raising awareness through the walk, they can stop domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, which they believe are violations against an individual’s dignity, security and humanity.