Some strutted confidently, others waddled in bow-legged discomfort, but at least no one fell.
Yesterday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser gave men the opportunity — or the excuse, according to some snickering observers — to swagger through Scotia Square mall in Halifax wearing specially designed high-heeled shoes for men.
Several members of the Halifax Mooseheads were amongst the 60 or so fundraisers. They won’t be switching to high-heeled skates anytime soon.
“It was good at first, but your feet get a little bit tired out,” said defenceman Garrett Clarke.
“I’m struggling now. I don’t understand why they even where them. I just wear sneakers.”
The event was able to lure a wide array of volunteers, from businessmen to musicians to police officers.
Halifax Regional Police Supt. Bill Moore was a veteran, taking part for the second time.
“Last year I had a lovely set of low pumps. This year I had the stiletto heels, little harder on the toes,” he said, pausing.
“I’m a little worried about next year.”
While fundraising totals weren’t initially known, volunteers were ecstatic with the turnout. Three men even brought their own shoes.
The proceeds go towards the YWCA’s Turning Point shelter programs. Each participant had the goal of raising $500, which is about what it costs to shelter each woman per month.
“It’s a very meaningful and direct connection between men stepping up for women and supporting women in our housing programs,” said YWCA Halifax executive director Tanis Crosby.
Crosby said the event, now in its third year, keeps growing each time. That means more money for the charity and, in some cases, more self-esteem for the participants.
“I feel good,” said Nova Scotia Power spokesman David Rodenhiser, who accessorized by rummaging through his wife’s closet for a pink cowboy hat and feathery boa.
“I feel a little taller, standing up straight, my ass looks great. It’s a pretty good look.”