Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes


I always knew God called us to be His hands and feet. I just never imagined it would involve cross-dressing.  It was only women’s shoes… the horror, the horror!  Why couldn’t it be walk a mile in her blouse and skirt?  I mean, really… how do you ladies walk in those things?  My walking shoes were a size 13, open toe, 1-inch wedged sandal (per some of the ladies in the office).  Open toed shoes on the day it snowed?  Oh yeah!  I had to walk with my back hunched over a bit, knees slightly bent, barely lifting my feet to prevent those size 13’s from being thrown into the back of the Police Officers in front of me.  It was ugly, but it was fun and worth the pain.


Last Saturday, men, women and their kids took a hilarious and uncomfortable one mile walk around Peninsula Town Center in support of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. The event was a fun opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes and effects to men’s sexualized violence against women.  There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” That is exactly what we did.  It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t meant to be.  It was great to see the community bringing attention to, and doing more than just talking about the difficult issue of gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women.  The streets were lined with women and children cheering us on and waving posters that spoke to the heart of this wonderful cause.


I will never forget the Police Officers, Sherriff’s Deputy’s and body builder in 3+ inch red stilettos.  I had to assure the body builder that his testosterone count was not being jeopardized if he wore stilettos. His wife thanked me.  Hats off to the Deputy who ran in his high heels without crashing and burning.   My claim to fame: I successfully walked like a Neanderthal for a mile in some donated woman’s shoes and painfully discovered multiple muscles located between my ankles and knees.   It was a good day!


Jay Bowen

Jay and his wife Karen have been around New Covenant for many years. Jay served as worship pastor before taking on the outreach efforts of the church.

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