By Valerie Rhomberg
Shoe designer Christian Louboutin has been quoted saying that the right shoes can transform one’s body language and attitude, providing a physical and emotional lift. But what if wearing the right shoes could help “lift up” your community, too? At the Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut, they can.
On April 25, Dallas women will strap on their most coveted heels to take part in the sixth annual Stiletto Strut at the flagship Neiman Marcus store downtown.
The event will benefit The Family Place, a Dallas nonprofit established in 1978 to help end domestic violence. In 2012 alone, the Family Place served 12,398 clients, providing everything from a 24-hour counseling service to after-school snacks for kids through its Safe Campus program.
The evening of the Stiletto Strut, participants “strut” once around the block of the flagship store. The event will also include drinks, food and music — as well as lots of amazing shoes.
The Stiletto Strut was recently added to the list “The 10 Most-Anticipated Spring Events On the Dallas Social Scene” by CultureMap Dallas, and 500 participants are expected to attend this year’s event.
Lacy Ball covers style and the Dallas social scene for PaperCity. She says the Stiletto Strut is one of the events she looks forward to each year. “We’ve been partnering [sponsors] for several years, and it’s an event that resonates with our readers,” Ball says. The Family Place, she adds, “is an incredible organization that we are proud to support.”
Mackenzie Campbell, a shoe-lover and junior at Southern Methodist University, has attended the Stiletto Strut in the past. She says she loved the fact that she could strut down the street in her favorite pair of Prada heels — all while supporting a good cause. “It was a very fun, glamorous and organized event,” she says.
Gentleman, don’t think that Stiletto Strut is an event just for the ladies. This year, for the first time ever, men are invited to join in what is being called the Loafer Lounge. The “Lounge,” which is exclusively for men, will take place at the Joule Hotel, which will provide a rooftop view of the Stiletto Strut as it takes place. The Lounge will offer music, food and drinks– and provides men with the perfect vantage point to watch their friends and significant others strut their stuff on the downtown streets of Dallas.
Registration starts at $75 forthe Stiletto Strut, and $100 for the Loafer Lounge party. For more information about the Stiletto Strut visit http://stilettostrutdallas.org/. To learn more about the Family Place, visit http://www.familyplace.org/.