Shoe Love Letters From Caroline Issa, Alexandra Richards & Simon Doonan

Here at Barneys we have something of an obsession with shoes, and we know we’re not the only ones. Which is why, to celebrate the launch of our new shoe floor at the Madison Avenue flagship, we asked some fellow shoe-aholics to write an ode to the perfect pair. Icons like John Varvatos, Francesco Russo and, yes, even Cyndi Lauper have already sent us love letters that either had us swooning or dashing to the shoe floor to shop. Up today? Caroline Issa, Alexandra Richards and our very own Simon Doonan share their shoe love stories.

And it gets better—we’re quite literally sharing the love because for each letter we receive, we’re making a $1 donation to the Human Rights Campaign to help further their work in fighting discrimination against the LGBT community and expanding marriage equality around the country. Now we want to hear your shoe tales. In addition to making a donation to the HRC for every letter we receive, we’re also awarding a $5,000 Barneys New York gift card to one lucky letter-writer. So what are you waiting for? Enter here, but hurry—the contest ends tomorrow.