The one year anniversary of my mom's passing just happened but it still feels like it was yesterday. There are so many things that I would like to do if I could only turn back the hands of time. But since I can't I have to look ahead and figure out how to live without her. Her passing has definitely made death more real to me. I really didn't think that she would die, especially not now. So what can I do to honor my mother? She supported me in my endeavors to be an entrepreneur. She always gave me advice about who to call to get more exposure for the BootBand and she was always there with an encouraging word. I have to remember how much my mom supported me and my business. She actually set the stage for me to be an entrepreneur. When I was a little girl, to make ends meet and to make the weekly payments on our refrigerator, we made crosses out of beads and lace. My mom, my brother and myself would then go door-to-door selling them until we had sold them all. We went straight to the Rent-a-Center and paid the weekly bill and this is how my mom paid for our refrigerator. Who wouldn't miss a woman like this who was so resourceful and creative? With tears in my eyes, I will keep striving to be the best entrepreneur that I can because anything less would be a dishonor to my mom.
Written by Krista Barnett


To Melinda Aguirre:

Hi Melinda, thank you so much for your message. I would love to help you wear. Your Tory Burch boots!!! I tried to email the address on the post but it bounced back. Please send us an email and we will definitely help you in any way we can! Here is the email address:

Thank you and with love,

Krista Barnett on May 20, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for you love and support and beautiful words of encouragement especially about my extraordinary Mother. I definitely feel like you get it! so thank you so much!

Love, Krista

Krista Barnett on May 20, 2017

First, I just wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your mom, but she would be beyond proud of you. I think your idea is genius and us thicker women need that extra little bit for most boots. Congratulations you are on your way for sure. You seemed to have a beautiful personality as well (saw you on Today show this morning :) ) I wish you the best and you have an amazing future ahead.

Angela on Apr 21, 2017

I need these so badly but I can’t afford 50 per set I need black and brown. Do you have any less expensive? A wonderful friend gave me Tori Birch in the box. I’m to embarrassed to tell her my calves are about an inch to big.Any ideas? I will promote the heck out of them.You did so great. Your mom is applauding your success.She is always around you. Bless you and thank you for listening

Melinda Aguirre on Apr 20, 2017

I bought my first pair of boot bands several years ago after seeing you on the Oprah show, I believe… Your invention is awesome and genious! I was so happy to see you on the Today Show this morning and cast my vote for your wonderful product. I’ve often wondered why it isn’t being sold in shoe stores like DSW or something. Please never give up!

Tina on Apr 20, 2017

The boot band has been a great addition to my boot loving self! It was so needed!

Thank you!

Donna Craig on Mar 23, 2017

I’m very sorry for your loss. I recently lost my grandpa last year. And there is. Itching but time that can make it better.
I have a friend that works at Maurices(a store that carries sizes 0-24 that I love for plus size clothing) as a store mgr. I do not have any idea of what kind of pull she has or connections, but when I order my bands and can wear cute boots, I’m definitely going to press her to get the word out about these. if not to the company, to the customers. She pressed me to try different styles and go out of my comfort zones. Now I want to wear all these girly clothes and cute things, however I can’t pull them all off if I can’t wear boots over my calf. I would LOVE for these to become a huge hit. I have lots of friends who would benefit from these and I will be sharing the site a lot once I have them in hand and can show off pictures!
Good luck to you!

Kristen from Indiana on Feb 09, 2017

Parents provide us with such great strength. I am so sorry for the loss of a mom who sounds amazing. I know Oprah endorsed Boot Bands. Do you think she might be willing to help you make a connection with a big retailer, like Nordstroms, Zappos or DSW who sell tons of boots? Also, have you considered selling on e-bay and/or Amazon? You have a good product – you just need recognition. Stay strong.

Renee on Feb 07, 2017

Your story brought me to tears, I’m very close with my Mom also and couldn’t imagine not having her in my life. My heart goes out to you. Take comfort in knowing that your wonderful Mom is watching over you and by your side everyday. When you catch a faint smell of that familiar scent, or a glimpse of a shadow out of the corner of your eye…she’s with you. Never give up and keep striving to be the best, your idea is fantastic and such a life saver for those of us with voluptuous calves! I can’t wait to get my extender so I can finally wear my beautiful boots that have been sitting brand new in my closet since last year.

Tara Pauley on Dec 19, 2016

Don’t give up! Your idea is genius. For those of us with “more calf” I thank you. We deserve to wear sexy, on trend boots just as much as the next girl! I cannot believe Nordstrom hasn’t snatched these up. They would more than double their boot sales ?

Keep knocking on those doors.

Rei on Nov 30, 2016

There is a bond between mother and child that even death can not break. While the physical will cease to exist, the love endures forever. Your Mom may be physically absent, but her love for you, her pride in your amazing accomplishments, her joy in seeing you love your own children….that is as real as it can be. So take that joy and own it. Every day! Hugs from a Mom who loves her kid, and misses her own Mom. Michelle

Michelle in Virginia on Nov 17, 2016

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