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SUCCESSFUL: Simi Sokan hopes she can be an inspiration for black female inventors

SIMI SOKAN, a Surrey-based IT consultant, entrepreneur and mother, is relaunching her latest invention SnugToes this winter.

The ingenious heated winter slipper with their removable microwavable pads provides up to three hours of toasty warmth.

They came out of years of misery and frustration of not finding any suitable solution to the problem of keeping her feet warm in winter.

For 20 years, Simi has suffered from Raynaud’s syndrome which left her with painful cold feet.

She recalls: “The only relief that I observed was when I put a hot water bottle on top of my indoor slippers.

“This got me thinking that there must be a way I could integrate the heat from the water bottle into the slippers whilst still being able to move around. Thus, SnugToes heated slippers were born.”

With their elasticated back for better heat retention and non-slip soft rubber sole, they are extremely safe, making them great for all the family.

They are also excellent for people suffering circulatory issues like lupus and diabetes. Being exceptionally well made and packaged makes them ideal Christmas presents.

She said: “I also wanted to relaunch it at a time where there is a focus on black achievement.

“There is little focus on black women inventors, so I’m hoping that I can act as inspiration for those women who want to manufacture a product but don’t think they can.

COMFY: The heated slippers

“Anything is possible if you work hard and are prepared to overcome any adversity.”

She has also produced handy colourful infographics giving simple tips for maintaining healthy feet through the winter months. The infographics also lists some of medical conditions common in the BAME community that can trigger cold winter feet.

These include some forms of anaemia, Raynaud’s disease, lupus, diabetes etc, since many people may not be aware they have these conditions until the onset of cold weather.

The inventor said: “Taking care of one’s feet in winter is an absolutely essential exercise, which most people largely ignore because the feet cause them little problem most of the time.

“Our feet play a vital role in helping us move around comfortably so it’s important we keep in the best possible condition, and that’s why we created this handy tips guide.

“This is exactly where SnugToes come in. These slippers with their microwaveable heated pads were specifically invented to provide the ordinary wearer and those with medical disorders with up to four hours’ glowing warmth and relieving cold discomfort.”

She concludes: “Our goal is to partner with charities that promote and support that work with sufferers of conditions that lead to cold feet.

“We are currently working with Lupus UK to promote Lupus Awareness Week and have plans in the pipeline to work with other health charities and support groups.”

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