Men march 'in her shoes'

April 27, 2003 11:00 pm

By ERIN MAYES

Brady Wisdom shoved his socked feet into his big sister's play shoes — pink high heels with a pink flower near each toe.

The 4-year-old smiled a shy, hot-cocoa-mustache grin when he was asked what it was like to wear girls' shoes. He didn't have an answer.

Brady wasn't the only guy trying on ladies' footwear Saturday. His father, Mark Wisdom, sauntered about in blue slides with gaudy blue-and-yellow bows. His grandfather, Rod Landredh, lucked out with a pair of men's slip-on sneakers adorned with sequins.

"The more ridiculous you look, the better the women feel," Landredh said.

They were all walking "a mile in her shoes" Saturday in Angels Camp as part of the Men's March to Stop Rape, an event sponsored by the Calaveras Women's Crisis Center.

"I wanted those big, black boots up there, but they were too small," said Calaveras County District Attorney Jeff Tuttle, standing in bright red converse sneakers with decorative sunflowers on the toes. "I think they had a lot of trouble finding women's shoes that were big enough."

Tuttle said he marched Saturday because he frequently works with the crisis center on domestic violence and sexual crime cases. The march was designed to raise awareness about the crime and money for the center.

The men all wore black T-shirts that said, "Put yourself in her shoes," on the front. A little after noon, they took up placards that said, "Stop sexual assault," "stop rape," and "end sexual violence," and went clickety-clacking up and down Highway 49, enduring curious stares from passers-by and waving to drivers who offered encouraging honks.