Lord Patel was introduced into the odd world of foot fetishism and masochism when reading as a teenager , Christopher Isherwoods's Mr Norris Changes Trains (In the US The Last of Mr Norris) which portrayed in words the louche world of Berlin nightlife in Nazi Germany of the early 30's before it's descent into lunacy, which George Grosz also captured with his acid pen. (who emigrated to the US in January 1933).
So the reports of the 2nd Annual "Stiletto Run" in Berlin came as no surprise. This keenly fought competition by 100 glamorous madchen , over 100 metres in high heels - 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) high and no more than 1.5 centimeters (0.6 inches) wide at the tip was won in an astonishing 14.7 seconds on Saturday by 24 year old Berlin office worker Denise Hanitsch.
"Make your strides as big as possible and never let your foot roll back onto the heel." she claimed to Bild was the secret of her success - and the experience of coming 2nd last year when one of her heels broke.
Was it worth it ? Well 1st prize was a €10,000 ($13,500) gift certificate for Berlin's swanky Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) department store, the Harvey Nicks of Berlin. (You Tube video)
However after the necessary and detailed research it is evident that Glamour magazine has been holding similiar (but unconnected) events - March 14th in Amsterdam and a similiar event was held by the Russian edition of Glamour magazine on August 1st in Moscow . (Video here)You may also enjoy an extensive gallery of fine pictures of the event, samples above.
Maybe these don't have quite the draw that the Annual Street High Heel race in Du Pont Neighbourhood which stated in 1987 and draws thousands to watch scores of drag queens in stiletto heels, sequined gowns and stylish hairdos - race down 17th Street between P and Q streets.
The next step(?) is evidently to set up a 10 Downing Street petition for this to be introduced as an Olympic event.