July 31, 2008
A special thanks to Ruth for giving me the heads up on this event – Moscow’s High Heel Race. Yep, that’s right. I swear people, I don’t make this stuff up. Stilettos are EVERYWHERE in the Soviet Union and post soviet states. I cannot believe they even have a race dedicated to the them, but apparently this in an annual event with around 100 participants this year and last.
Participants must have heels that are at least 9 centimeters high (3.5 inches). OUCH! The winner of the race wins a voucher worth 100,000 rubles which is approximately $4000! This is double last years prize money. I don’t think $4000 would even cover the xray, cast and crutches not to mention the rehab and therapy I would need if I even thought about participating in an event like this.
Now from what I saw there was no rule regulating clothing, but apparently the line of thinking for some participants was ‘if you are going to wear heals to a race you might as well wear your littlest black dress or perhaps a nightgown’.
I do have to hand it to this participant, at least she put some thought in to this and taped her shoes to her feet.
And just in case you are just begging to see more here is the video. GOOD GRIEF!
*editted to add* – The race is 80 meters long (about 262 feet or 80 yards), and although there were some falls, there were no injuries other than pride. Oh, and no broken heels! - end of edit*
By the way, our STUFF is here! I’m almost finished with the unpacking and oohing and ahhing and then I’ll be back online.
November 13, 2007
To answer your questions…..YES, they even wear them in the snow. I call it stiletto surfing and maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to catch it on video. Oh, that would be priceless. At the least I’ll be able to catch a photo of a stiletto print in the snow. Seriously, these women are die hard!