Posted February 11, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Camino | no responses
If you’ve been thinking about it for sometime now, it might be time to make a decision and just do it!
The Camino in Spain has experienced a surge in popularity thanks to the film The Way with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. More people are aware of it’s mystical powers. People come from all over the world. There are hostals for pilgrims along the way and a pilgrim meal that is served in many of the restaurants. In Santiago you’ll receive a compostela, the certificate that writes you into the history books forever.
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Posted January 25, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Barebottom Shoes | no responses
Please feel free to provide a review or send in your ideas to Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:42 pm (PST) . Posted by:
“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 â€œDragonsâ€ 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 â€œuglyâ€ . 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. Sueâ€™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.”
Watch Barebottoms video here
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Posted January 20, 2014 | by Sue Kenney | in Books | no responses
It’s always such an honour to be remembered and to have impacted someone’s life. Here’s a beautiful testimonial.
Hi Sue, I’m sure you don’t remember me! But I met you several years ago when you came a guest speaker to the Toronto Writers Centre (located at Yorkville at the time). You talked about your books ‘My Camino and Confession of a Pilgrim’.
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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.
Read Barefoot Beginner Post Here
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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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Posted June 13, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses
Dare to go Bare.
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 will be leading the workshop.
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Posted February 27, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Barefoot | no responses
Ok, this is my first barefoot talk about the Camino in front of a paying audience. Can’t believe I actually wiggle my toes while I’m talking! 🙂
Thanks to Monica Mueller for organizing such an incredible event and Levon Ichkhanian’s awe inspiring music.
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Posted February 26, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Events | no responses
Group Journey with Sue Kenney
Camino means the way and this journey is one way to being outdoors in the beauty of nature along the Bruce Trail in Ontario, Canada. Sue Kenney has walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain 9 times and has guided many groups. She is an expert pilgrim and life coach. The group will be shuttled back and forth to where the walk ended each day, so you don’t have to worry about packing camping equipment or sleeping in the rain.
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Posted February 12, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Camino | no responses
Women at their Best
April 30, 2013 – More details to follow.
A Journey Back to Yourself
with Sue Kenney
What is holding you back from being your greatest gift to the world? After being suddenly downsized from her corporate telecom position, Sue Kenney made the decision to walk 780 kilomters on the medieval pilgrimage route in Spain known as the Camino to gain some clarity about what to do with her life. Wearing a heavy backpack loaded with all her personal belongings she is forced to lighten her load by letting go of what isn’t serving her. With each step she took forward she walked back to herself and discovered how to physically and metaphorically simplify her journey by choosing to leave the excess baggage behind. With the grace of a humble pilgrim, Sue takes us on her personal journey of self-discovering and imparts the lessons about how to apply the virtues of being a modern day pilgrim, to create what we truly desire in life.
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Posted January 28, 2013 | by Sue Kenney | in Blog | no responses
Learn about walking the Camino
Free Camino Conference Call on Thursday at 5:00pm EST. Everyone is invited to join in. The call in number and details are listed below.
We will cover such things as a bit of history, getting ready to walk, packing and equipment tips, what to expect when you get there and then at the end of the call we will leave some time to answer questions. Even if you are just thinking about it right now, join us and have your concerns and questions answered.
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