Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Shoes & Champagne Raises A Glass For Soles4Souls

As seen in WSA Today

Shoes from 65 footwear designers including Irregular Choice, Be & D, Donald J Pliner and Casadei will be on display at the International Shoes & Champagne gala on May 8. The new event will coincide with Ottawa’s Canadian Tulip Festival.

“I love shoes, and I thought it would be a great idea to have all these shoes under one roof, displayed as art,” says event manager Caroline Ouimet. “I called designers, and the response was overwhelming.”

During the Friday evening gala, guests will also be invited to bid on footwear via auction. The two day showcase will also raise funds for Soles4Souls through the auction as well as donations to a Shoe Mountain.

“The Shoe Mountain starts May 1 and runs throughout the Tulip Festival,” says Ouimet. “People can add a pair of their used shoes to the Shoe Mountain or buy a pair of flip-flops which will benefit someone in need of shoes. We wanted to do something socially purposeful."

Special guests Beth Harbison, author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Secrets of a Shoe Addict, will also have a book signing when the event opens to the public on May 9.

“In the gloomy time we’re seeing, it’s very satisfying to do something that’s looking upwards, outwards and doing good,” says Ouiment. To find out more, visit

No comments: