Churchill Square abounded yesterday with men unlacing their boots and slipping off their loafers in exchange for three-inch heels to raise awareness for domestic violence.

Local news and radio celebrities lent their faces and feet to the cause, as well as members of EPS, the Canadian military, and one firefighter braver than the rest. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was organized by the YWCA to generate awareness about domestic violence.

“We had no idea it would be this big”, said Amber Neimeier, Marketing and Communications Manager for the YWCA. One of Metro’s own stepped out of the office and into a pair of silver pumps for the walk.

“I can really appreciate the years of training it takes to wear them”, said Harry Hodge, managing editor of Metro Edmonton. “I’m happy to try something a little different with my wardrobe if it benefits a good cause."

The inaugural event generated over $11,000 in donations thanks to dedicated walkers and their supporters.