The Barebottoms™ Story

Posted February 4, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barebottom Shoes | no responses

2013 Cell pics 018Here it is... The creative team at Barebottoms want to share the story with you, our readers, customers, fans and our friends, about the journey to pitching a business concept to the hit TV show Dragons’ Den to manufacture and sell sole-less shoes. We’d love to hear your stories too.

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Barefoot Healing Workshop June 15, 2014

Posted January 28, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

Dare to go Bare.

Barefoot Healing Workshop with Sue Kenney

Come out to this workshop and discover the healing powers of being BARFOOT. Be a part of this movement to re-connect with the earth and be healthier. Meet Sue Kenney, barefooter and Camino pilgrim/coach who recently pitched her Barebottom Shoes to Dragons’ Den. She will be leading the workshop.

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Barebottom Shoes Review

Posted January 25, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barebottom Shoes | no responses

The Society for Barefoot Living – Reviews

Please feel free to provide a review or send in your ideas to Facebook or email kenneysue@gmail.com

Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:42 pm (PST) . Posted by:IMG_0640

From unci_narynin

“I agree marketing them primarily to yoga students might not be the primary target group. (CBC TV Dragons’ Den episode)After receiving mine early in january and wearing them indoors and outside thanks to mild weather let me give you my review so far:The first thing that struck me is how small they are. A pair will easily fit into a regular letter envelope. They share this minimalism with their name inspiration, the “Bare bottoms” barefoot sandals of the 1970s – and the rivets used are also similar.I think the unique idea here is having one hole for toe 1, one large hole for toes 2-3-4 and one hole for toe 5. Thinking logically that’s about what it needs for the shoes to get in place.They are time-consuming to put on, more so than fivefingers, slippers, flipflops or sandals. I haven’t measured time but it might be about equal to putting on a pair of socks plus laced shoes. One of the things about going barefoot that I love is that it takes absolutely no preparation – putting on Barebottom shoes takes quite a bit of preparation in contrast to that. Once they are on, there is the funny feeling of having something between your toes but as I have walked quite a bit, I am glad to report there is no friction that would result in discomfort. They don’t interfere with the natural barefoot way of walking; you can quickly forget about them. Unlike fivefingers there is no danger of slipping out of them. Having a bit of leather cover the top of your foot actually gives a slight feeling of warmth. When it’s cold I wear legwarmers under my pants so I pulled those over the knot of the barebottom shoes, that worked ok. The thin and soft leather holds up remarkably well. I have not noticed any wear yet. I would recommend wearing them when you want to go barefoot but feel underdressed doing so. Maybe also to help lower your temperature limit when it’s cold and dry (in combination with legwarmers). Wearing them on the bike is also no problem, no interference with pedals. They are certainly a great and unusual fashion statement for those who look for something stylish while still mostly barefoot. And they don’t look so ‘girlish' that a man would feel odd in them (unlike many types of ‘barefoot sandals’). Now to the contraindications: I don’t recommend wearing them in wetness, rain, dirt and mud. The ground outside my house is not paved so on wet days it’s unavoidable to get dirty (on the small strap below the sole). The mud dries and the soft leather gets hard. Same in the rain, the material isn’t very pleasant when wet. And of course these aren’t the emergency shoes you may need for particularly difficult terrain, they keep most of the sole bare, after all. So now they are dirty. I just washed them with dish soap under the warm water tap and put them up to dry. What could be developed of them? As a do-it-yourself kind of person I gave that some thought: Maybe develop a variant quicker to put on, closed with a velcro strap instead of the long laces. Maybe a material mix with cloth or neoprene top, keeping the leather where it’s essential. I guess I’ll take them as an inspiration to build another pair. I cannot answer the question raised in the TV show “Is there much money to be earned with this?” Many barefooters enjoy that it’s free to go barefoot, and rather hard to commercialize. I wish Sue good luck and hope that the TV exposure is a bit of an inspiration to many. But even if no great numbers are sold, I’ll be happy to put something rare and unique to put on my feet when I feel like it.”
January 22, 2014.
“Sue did a great job of presenting her barebottom footwear. The “Dragons†panel seemed taken with the idea of barefooting, though at least one thought sidewalks too gross. They all found the barebottoms liberating and comfortable, though tricky to put on until you get the hang of it. Sue pointed out that yoga students were an enthusiastic market for barebottoms (it would be nice after a yoga class to stop off at a café without needing to sh@# up) and that her sales are expanding as more people hear about the barebottoms. One panelist thought barefooters would be a better market than yoga people. I know many women who decline to barefoot because their feet are “ugly†. Barebottoms might bring some of them into the fold. My experience with barebottoms is that no one even questions me, which is nice when I am with my confrontation hating wife. In the end the Dragons declined to invest. Sue’s valuation of her company was good for her projected sales, but they were worried that projections might have been optimistic.Barebottoms are a great way to get people to contact the earth and walk naturally with attractive comfortable footwear. Yoga is popular and barebottoms help bring these natural allies into the fold: baring their soles outside the yoga studio. Barefoot James in Seattle, where we get Canadian TV.”
Thanks James!
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Facing the Den.

Posted January 21, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Blog | no responses

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Facing the Den.

If you are you looking for a speaker with a unique story to tell?

Consider the inspirational and engaging talents of  best selling author, Sue Kenney. A woman who faces her fears again and again.  Dragons’ Den is the second most popular TV show in Canada, next to Hockey Night in Canada and Sue pitched her Barebottom shoe business idea to the Dragons. She didn’t get the deal but instead got something more.  She learned that it’s not all about the Dragons! Her episode was aired on January 15 and 19, 2014, to an audience of over 3 million people.

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Vivid Life Post

Posted January 20, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses
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Good Day Sue,
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you are” and my dear friend Sue Regan Kenney creator of Barebottom Shoes personifies this quote! A women who is not afraid to live her dream no matter how other people perceive her..Tonight she stands in front of The Dragon’s on CBC to pitch not only a new product, but a new (old) way of living!

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Dragons’ Den Episode Airs Wednesday Jan 15th

Posted January 15, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

Watch Sue Kenney bare her soul as she pitches to the Dragons her idea for a soleless footwear called

Barebottom shoes! IMG_1075

Airs January 15 at 8pm and Sunday January 19 at 9pm on CBC.

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Dragons’ Den Episode Airs Jan 15

Posted January 7, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

Get ready to see my pitch to the Dragons!

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Airing on the hit CBC TV show Dragons’ Den on January 15 at 8:00pm and January 19 at 9:00pm . It will be available to view online a few days after Jan 19 airing. Set your PVR! Order Barebottom shoes on line.

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Orillia Packet and Times announces Dragons Den Episode

Posted December 20, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

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Watch Dragons’ Den January 15, 2013 at 8:00pm EST and see Sue Kenney’s Barebottom shoes pitch~

http://www.orilliapacket.com/2013/12/20/washago-womans-business-proposition-to-be-featured-on-dragons-den

Dragons Den…I’m on the show!

Posted December 18, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Blog | no responses

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Jan 15, 2014 at 8pm you will be able to watch the pitch I made to the famous Dragons on the hit CBC TV show, for my business concept idea for Barebottom shoes. I can’t tell you the outcome but I will say it was one of the most challenging moments in my life, facing fear!

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An interview with Sue Kenney and Barefoot Moe

Posted November 18, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

A CONVERSATION WITH FELLOW BAREFOOTER
SUE KENNEY

Published November 18, 2013 | By Moe Barefoot (Barefoot Planet)

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure to meet a fellow Canadian barefooter Sue Kenney. She is a pilgrim, book author, motivational speaker and the designer of the innovative Barebottom Shoes.

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