Wearing sky-high stilettos or slightly easier-to-manage wedge heels, dozens of men descended on Camana Bay on Wednesday evening to take part in the second annual “Walk in Her Shoes” fundraiser for the Crisis Centre.

Miss Cayman contestants, all in impressive heels, demonstrated how to walk confidently while towering several inches above their natural heights, but this didn’t stop several high-heeled male novices from taking a tumble.

The participants had the option to do between one and five laps along a stretch of Market Street, from the Bay Market to Must Love Dogs.

Men set off on their ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ stroll at Camana Bay Wednesday evening to raise funds and awareness for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. – PHOTOs: TANEOS RAMSAY

Some teetered precariously, some fell over, some strode confidently forward, while others even broke into a run to try and beat other competitors to the finish line.

Crisis Centre Executive Director Ania Milanowska said she was delighted with this year’s turnout and fundraising.

By Thursday morning, the final count of the money raised was still being tallied, but Ms. Milanowska said she expects it will show that about $60,000 was raised.

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“What I love the most about ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ is the fact that men are actually involved,” she said. “They are standing up for women they love – for their mothers and wives and sisters and friends and our clients at the center. This is the best part for me.

Jouri Haylock takes a walk with Miss Cayman contestants Mahalia Seymour, left, and Anika Conolly.

“It is great to know they care, that this is not just a woman’s issue. It involves women, men, children.”

“Walk in Her Shoes” coincided with International Women’s Day, as well as the Crisis Centre’s 14th anniversary.

The money raised will help fund the Crisis Centre’s newest project – a drop-in center called Estella’s Place in Crown Square on Eastern Avenue.

“At Estella’s Place, we can invite not just women and children, but also men if they need help, to come here,” Ms. Milanowska said.

Reece Vanasse (Best Shoes winner) and Alex Feoli (Best Walk winner) take a rest on the prizes they won. – PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON
Camila Ferreira, Valerie Banks, Elena Dobrogajewski with baby Alec, and Ania Milanowska – PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON
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