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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --It's sold in 18 state states and 9 countries. The "Ski Skooty" promises traction and comfort, and offers a fix to the age-old problem of conquering the slopes, then trying to walk back to your car in those sometimes annoying ski boots.
"It's a completely flat bottom, and it's very uncomfortable," Reid Lawler said.
The "Skooty" slides right onto the bottom of your boot and clicks into place, making it easier to walk. You might guess the entrepreneurs behind it are from overseas or in a state like Colorado where skiing is so popular, think again.
The "Skooty" is a homemade product created in the Highlands by the Lawler family.
"Our international headquarters is in our house, and our warehouse is in the basement. It's all done from here," Sally Lawler said.
Sally's husband came up with the concept after he realized some similar products on the market weren't working.
"He went to our kitchen table and worked on it, worked on it, worked it, and he came up with it. I kept on saying no, it's not going to work," she said.
She was happy to be wrong. After some help from US Commercial Service, the orders started coming in, so too did the trucks to her residential street with all the essential parts.
"The neighbors think I'm nuts," said Sally.
They won't though after they hear about this, the "Ski Skootys" have gotten so popular, more than one Olympian is a fan. Sally met them while out in Colorado.
"They'd come and say oh, you're the Ski Skooty woman," Sally said.
A couple of those athletes have already won gold on the biggest stage of them all in Sochi.
"That truly says something about our product, if they're using it for their personal use," Reid Lawler explained.
It also fuels the Lawlers to keep pushing for the "gold" with their Louisville-grown business, now known world-wide.