Scotty Franklin, from Springfield, Missouri, has created a shoe style that is a hybrid of cowboy boots and leather flip flops. The unique footwear, which first started as a joke, has since turned into an entire company. For $150,
Scotty's team of professional craftsman will take customers' old or new cowboy boots and turn them into his now famous Redneck Boot Sandals. Redneck Boot Sandals are cowboy boots on top and flip flops between the toes, and the unique design allows people to wear their favorite Western-style footwear all summer long. According to his company's website, Scotty was lying on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2012, when he saw a man walking on the sand in cowboy boots. The entrepreneur had his flip flips sitting right next to him, and he wondered if he could cut his own cowboy boots into a pair of summer shoes. When he got home, he took his old pair of cowboy boots and used a pocket knife, a drill, and a shoestring to make his first pair of Redneck Boot Sandals. Scotty's friends thought his shoe design was hilarious, and he sold his first pair to a guy at a party for $150. He made another pair, and they sold too. He soon realized there was a market for his hybrid shoe and started a business turning people's cowboy boots into sandals. In addition to the flip flop-style that goes between the toes, he also makes ones with two sandal straps that go across the width of the foot. Running Redneck Boot Sandals has become the former sheriff's full-time job, and he receives at least 20 new orders a week. And while the company was born in Missouri, the Redneck Boot Sandals CEO said the biggest fans of his design hail from Texas.