For Bare Feet is a family owned company based in Indiana that has a sad yet inspiring history. In 1984, former grade school teacher Sharon Rivenbark borrowed $1200 from her parents and bought an antique knitting machine and a small shop space to start a sock manufacturing company. Her 18-year-old son, Tim, had previously been diagnosed with a debilitating brain tumour and was expected to lose all cognitive abilities, mentally handicapping him in the near future. For Bare Feet was to be for him, a business and sanctuary of his own.
For Bare Feet - Fun footwear The unique designs, patterns and prints were an immediate success. Socks were never ‘fun’ enough to be considered gifts before For Bare Feet, as Sharon said herself, “you could say I created a market that wasn’t there.” Shop owners from other cities were soon asking to carry her socks in their stores and they grew from a wholesaler to an established fashion label. Sadly Tim passed away in 1987, however For Bare Feet carries on in his name. Now licensed to produce for the NBA, NFL and more, For Bare Feet caters to sports fans as well as the rest of us who enjoy having fancy feet.