The group congregating at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead on a recent fall night were literally putting their best foot forward as they competed in the Best in Shoe contest that was part of the Northside Hospital Foundation’s annual Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser.

More than 200 contestants vied for the coveted Crystal Slipper Award, which was won by Eve Gu, who sported a pair of one-of-a-kind, jeweled, gladiator-style heels handmade in Italy. The afternoon’s festivities also included tunes from DJ Chris Seeber, wine tastings, designer shopping and a fashion show by Tootsies. A handful of hunky “Sole Men” worked the crowd, selling Keys to the Closet raffle tickets and displaying various silent auction items on silver platters as they walked around the room, and several later performed in the yearly Sole Men Dance. The annual event may seem like all fun and games, but it raises serious funds—more than $259,000 this year alone—in support of Northside’s women’s cancer and leukemia programs.

Photos: Ninh Chau and Pamela Lennard