Family Wellness Day Keynote Speaker – Coburg April 5

Posted January 31, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

Braid arms extended out 29Sue Kenney will be talking about her Camino experience and being barefoot. There are so many healing benefits you can experience. Do you remember the joy and freedom you felt as a child running barefoot?

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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

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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Dragons’ Den Barebottom Shoes Episode on CBC Now

Posted January 18, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

Here’s the link to the hit CBC TV show Dragons’ Den Episode 12 aired on January 15 and again on January 19, 2014.

On this episode of Dragons’ Den, a pitcher who says that when it comes to sun protection, she’s got it covered; a lecturer who wants the Dragons to connect with the earth. (that’s Sue Kenney)

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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

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

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You Don’t Have to Wear Khaki’s to be a Pilgrim

Posted November 13, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Blog | no responses

Pilglrim Attire

This morning my newsletter Inspirational Moments went out and I talked about how we don’t have to wear pilgrim clothes to dinner at night after walking the Camino. I found a designer Suzanne Wyman of Yes World Boutique who has created a gorgeous dress/top that is perfect to wear after a long day of walking. For most pilgrimsthe most important part of the day is dinner.  It’s a chance to share stories, break bread together and nourish our pilgrim bodies. I always suggest people wear something different, that doesn’t look like the clothes they’ve been wearing in the day, rather something special. I refer to as “Camino Glowear!”global groove scuba dive blue

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From Camino Pilgrim, to Author, and now a Barefooter

Posted November 12, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

The story of how Sue Kenney’s world has evolved to take her to the place she is now…a barefooted shoe designer.
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Read Barefoot Beginner Post Here

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Sue will be at the Zoomer Show in Toronto

Posted October 24, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses

Sue Kenney will be at the Chillax Booth at the Zoomer Show on Sunday Afternoon on October 27, 2013 with Helen Goldstein, the Godmother of Yoga, and several other teachers and healers. She will be offering a mini-session at 2:30pm -3:00pm at the Lounge on Sunday afternoon.

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FREE Camino Conference Call

Posted September 26, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Blog | no responses


Thinking of going for a long walk? Learn insights and tips about walking the Camino from an expert pilgrim who has walked 10 times .2012-05-22 10.30.00

FREE Conference Call 


September 26, 2013 at 5pm EST with


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My Camino Group Walk May 2014

Posted September 13, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Blog | no responses





Each year a new group of pilgrims embark on the journey of a life-time on the medieval pilgrimage route in Spain. Many people feel the Camino calls to them at just the right time. Is it calling you? On this group Camino journey you’ll be coached and guided by Sue Kenney about how to prepare, what to expect and how to integrate the potentially life-altering journey you have into life back home. You have the chance to walk back to yourself,  to the beautiful authentic person you are.

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