It might have been hard on the feet, but it was good for the heart.
Dozens of women — and a few good-natured men — Thursday slipped into red, sky-high pumps and strutted their stuff at the Glendale Galleria as part of the first Go Red for Women Stiletto Strut.
“They are a little uncomfortable, but I am managing,” said professional motorcycle racer Chris Clark, who had squeezed his feet into a pair of red patent heels two sizes too small. “We have got full gear; we are not afraid of falling. We are going to be well protected.”
Sponsored by the American Heart Assn., the event served as a kickoff for the organization’s National Wear Red Day — recognized each year on the first Friday of February — which promotes heart-healthy lifestyles for women.
Heart disease kills 430,000 women each year, making it the No. 1 killer of women, said Dr. Vyshali Rao, head of the Women’s Heart Program at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.