Shoe Guru

2016 Winner: Lauren Leja at Barneys

Barneys New York saleswoman Lauren Leja is a below-the-ankles pro. Dubbed the “Shoe Whisperer” by devoted clients, she helps locals find stylish everyday options that can handle pavement pounding, from Céline ballet flats to high-top sneakers. But she’s just as enthusiastic about the wild cards of the shoe closet (what Leja calls “fireworks for your feet”), embracing fringe, feathers and bright colors.


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