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Twenty-two men strap on red heels in Kentville

The 22 males who participated in the first annual Walk in Her Shoes set out down Main Street.
The 22 males who participated in the first annual Walk in Her Shoes set out down Main Street.

KENTVILLE, NS – “I can’t understand why anyone would want to wear those shoes, says real estate agent Gary Morse.

This group of supporters, including Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow, were out on Main Street ramping up interest in the walk.

“It certainly feels different. They’re not comfortable, but we did it for the cause.”
The cause was the Sept. 9 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Kentville to raise funds for Chrysalis House. And for the first year of the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence in the Valley $8,600 was raised.
“It was awesome,” said Morse. “Since it was the first year, we’ve had people say they want to be in it next year.”
There were 21 or 22 males who put on scarlet high heels to set the stage
According to Morse, staff from branches of Royal LePage in New Minas and Greenwood took the walk in support of Chrysalis House. The two young sons of a Greenwood agent wobbled bravely around the two-block course.
“They were committed,” Morse noted. “It was great to see not just adult males.”
The New Minas Sun Rise Rotary Club sent a team of seven, including Kings County councillor Jim Winsor. Among the individual participants were Kentville’s CAO Mark Phillips and a member of the Kentville Business Community.
Red heels were provided for any males taking part. Kings North MLA John Lohr turned out briefly and tried walking in a pair of size 14s, but then he had to attend another event.
“I think it’ll grow,” Morse stated. “We had strong support from the business community. I’m extremely pleased.”
Did you know?
The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event began in 2001 with a California man, Frank Baird. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement.
The Toronto walk, which began in 2012, involves
at least 1,000 men who put on heels for a good cause.

This photo by Andrew Newton shows of the stylish red heels moving along this Kentville street on Sept. 9.

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