Barnett, Boot Band inventor. Below, the Boot Band (Photos courtesy of Barnett)

In our video series, Brand New You, host Karen Taylor Bass (PR expert and founder of chats with guests about reinvention, taking time for self and finding the balance between work and life.

Here, Karen heads to DNA Footwear in Brooklyn, New York, and chats with Krista Barnett, inventor of the ingenious Boot Band.

Barnett’s device allows you–if you are a woman who has a calf that’s fuller than the width of some of today’s narrow-fitting boots–to expand most styles with her patented zip-in extensions without having to pay hundreds of dollars. The wife-mom-businesswoman talks about how she came up with the idea for the Boot Band, how she protected it, and how her invention, which has been featured in O magazine, has not only provided a service to other women, but has also changed her life.

To get some of the great shoes and boots featured in this episode of Brand New You, visit DNA Footwear  at