Will you wear stilettos? (…or do you prefer a wedge?)

Whatever your preference, all are invited to don high heels for Walk Her Way in Rosemary Beach on Friday, June 15th, starting at 5:30 pm. Men, women, and children of all ages are encouraged to participate. This one-mile strut aims to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Participants are encouraged to decorate their shoes to reflect their style and personality. Team registrations are encouraged, and awards will be given for the team that raises the most money as well as those that have the best theme and best costumes. Advance registration at www.walkherway.com is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and includes a t-shirt. Registration the day of the walk will be an additional $5 per person.

Walkers will be led around the square by a ‘second line’ jazz band as they show off their favorite pair of high heels.

But the good time certainly doesn’t stop when the walking ends…. Be sure to stick around for the after-party featuring Heat and The Zydeco Gents!

Walk Her Way is not just a fun event. It carries a serious message about respect and healthy relationships. Shelter House’s Clothesline Project — a touching exhibit that allows adult and child victims of domestic violence to tell their story through words and art — will be on display in Rosemary Beach leading up to and during the walk.

“We hope Walk Her Way will raise awareness about domestic violence in our community in a unique and fun way,” said Michelle Sperzel, Executive Director of Shelter House. “At a glance, shoes can illustrate a woman’s style, confidence, personality and even socioeconomic status. They are a great symbol to represent women, and 90% of victims of domestic violence are women.

We look forward to seeing all the shoes that men, women and children wear at this event that show their personalities as they walk a mile to stand against domestic violence.”

The walk will benefit Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties and Rosemary Beach Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cultural, educational, literary and other charitable activities in Rosemary Beach and Northwest Florida. Established in 2006, Rosemary Beach Foundation has donated over $250,000 to charities.

For more information, please visit www.walkherway.com.