DeKALB – The executive director of Safe Passage, Mary Ellen Schaid, said one of the best parts of the annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes event is seeing men struggle in high heels.
The best part, however, is the camaraderie the event builds.
“I think it’s a great event to really raise awareness,” Schaid said. “Walking in her shoes is a concrete experience, and its difficult to walk in high heels – especially for men.”
Schaid said 90 people have registered already for the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb, compared to 40 people at this time a year ago.
Safe Passage, which provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, will have plenty of pairs of heels on hand for those who haven’t signed up yet, or for those who decide to register the day of the event.
“No matter when you commit to doing it, we’d love to see you,” Schaid said.
Gender aside, attendees of all walks of life will get to walk a mile in women's high heels to show their solidarity with sexual assault survivors.
"It's not just men – everyone is welcome," Schaid said.
She said sponsors are up this year, as well, and that there’s been an uptick in businesses registering groups. This is the third year Safe Passage has run the event, part of a nationwide initiative.
She said new this year is an after-party at Fatty’s Pub & Grill, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, where a raffle will be held.
For more information, call 815-756-5228, or check out Safe Passage’s Facebook page.