Sue Kenney Designs Barebottom Shoes™ – Soleless Footwear

Sue Kenney at Dragons' Den

Pilgrim, Author, Speaker & Coach Sue Kenney is doing some pretty amazing work these days!  Aside from the fact that she wrote a Canadian best-selling book, My Camino, and leads annual walking tours on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (which she has walked a total of nine times, the last time barefoot!), she is now adding footwear designer to her resume!

Sue’s recent newsletter revealed:

“In January, I designed what I believe could be the first ever soleless shoe and now the TV show Dragons’ Den want to hear about it.

Barebottom Shoes™ are soleless footwear designed by Sue Kenney, a Camino pilgrim who walks and runs barefoot, because there wasn’t anything on the market to meet her needs.

They loved my Barebottom Shoes! The first ever soleless shoes are perfect for the beach, yoga class, around the house and the pool, on a boat and more. Barefooters love them because they allow you to be connected to the ground, without being asked to leave restaurants, stores and public places. They are stylish and for people interested in a natural way of living and healing, it’s the perfect option.

They allow for a barefoot lifestyle in a shoe with a minimalist look. This is footwear for people who care enough about healing and a return to a connection with Mother Earth in a barefoot shoe that can be worn anywhere. I will be pitching my idea to the Dragons’ Den on April 10, 2013. After that I’ll find out if I will be televised.

In the natural health related market, a concern about their environment, is paramount. Barebottom Shoes are called a shoe but the difference is they don’t have soles! Cut with a renaissance look that is stylish, hand-made in leather, comfy and even a little sexy. Try them at your yoga class, Zumba or Nia sessions, wellness centre and even at the gym, then wear them home. It feels like you are wearing nothing at all.

My intent is to introduce more people to simplifying their footwear to allow the feet to get stronger and do what they were meant to do. We have almost as many sensory nerves on the bottom of our feet as we do in our spine. The function of these nerves is to know what the terrain is, the temperature, humidity and much more so that signals are triggered to the brain and the systems in the body to adjust things like our cardiovascular system, our nervous system and balancing the body. Wearing these shoes helps us to tap into our individual healing system and being barefoot helps strengthen the foundation of our body, our feet.

For the serious barefooters, many retail stores have a policy “no shoes, no shirt, no service”. If you wear Barebottom Shoes, there’s a good chance they won’t ask you to leave because they will think you are wearing regular shoes.

Shoes will be available to order on March 25, 2013 at or we’ll be at the Yoga Show in Toronto from March 22-24 at booth 1102 with lots of different colours!


If you decide to start going barefoot, please start slowly and work up to longer periods of time shodless. Begin walking 10 minutes a day and add a minute each day. There are some great books on Barefooting: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee, and Barefoot Running Step by Step by Ken Bob Saxton. Although these books are all about running, most of the information can be applied to walking. I’ll be posting tips on my website and Facebook page.

Barebottom Shoes with Sue Kenney will be taped on April 10! Let’s hope the Dragons love them!

Soul to sole,