As the old saying goes you don’t know what someone has been through until you have walked a mile in their shoes.

On July 27, men of Central Arkansas were challenged to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to support a worthy cause.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, stepped into McCain Mall for the first time. The mall partnered with the Human Resource Management Association of Arkansas (HRMA) to provide a day of awareness and entertainment. Some participants walked individually while others walked in teams. The men received a pair of high heels, a t-shirt, goody-bag, and prizes for their participation.

The event’s top individual and team fundraisers received additional prizes.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Union Rescue Mission: Dorcas House, a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

"This event is a fun way to educate people on a serious topic," said Lisa Meyer, general manager of McCain Mall. "The mall is excited to partner with HRMA, the Dorcas House and the community to help raise money and awareness for this great cause."

"They had a great turnout with 65 participants and hundreds in attendance raising money and awareness against gender violence and abuse," said Hollon Kohtz, public relations spokesman for McCain Mall.