To celebrate our new shoe floor at the Madison Avenue flagship, Barneys has asked a select group of designers and tastemakers to share their stories of love, stories of shoes and moments in their lives when those two have intersected. Below, designers Francesco Russo of Sergio RossiJohn Varvatos share their love letters.

We want to hear your stories, too. Send us your love letters to the perfect pair, and for every submission, we’ll make a $1 donation to the Human Rights Campaign to further their work in fighting discrimination against LGBT people and expanding marriage equality around the country. Plus, one winning letter-writer will score $5,000 to Barneys New York.

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