Mark and Diana Cooke have launched Feetz, the first ever ?pocket wellies? which can be slipped over shoes during an unexpected downpour to keep them dry.
Manchester?s most famous feature ? the rain ? has proved an inspiration for couple Mark and Diana Cooke.
The pair, who are originally from East Africa and now live in Worsley, have launched Feetz, the first ever ?pocket wellies? which can be slipped over your shoes during an unexpected downpour to keep them bone dry.
The pair said the idea came to them at last year?s Manchester Marathon when their perfectly good shoes were soaked in the rain while they waved the runners on.
Mark, 30, said: ?We had enough of being caught out without wellies, and after my favourite brown loafers and Diana?s Ugg boots were ruined, we came up with the idea for Feetz. ?They?re portable, waterproof, and you can simply store them in your pocket and use when the skies open.
?We were often left wishing we had lugged our boots along, so Feetz Pocket Wellies were born as an alternative, to waterproof your feet at a moment?s notice.?
?The pair spent six months designing the wellies, finding the right materials and manufacturer.
The finalised products were tested in muddy fields by family and friends before it was launched last year.
The pair have secured a manufacturing partner in China and imported their first shipment of Feetz at the end of 2013, and now sell them through their website, www.feetz.co.uk.
Made from durable, comfortable and lightweight plastic, Feetz can be used for anything from dog walking to music festivals, or just simply getting caught in the rain.
Feetz, which retail at ?9.99, come in four colours, white, yellow, blue and pink and are available from sizes? 2 ?10.
They also come in a? travel sized pouch that will fit into your pocket or bag.
The pair are? now giving the wellies a big push before the festival season, which kicks off with Glastonbury this weekend.
Mark, who also works full time at the? Comedy Store, said: ?The festival season is going to be our first major push for the brand.
?We?ve done quite well for Glastonbury, and have been selling to specialist festival suppliers but? we are also selling to garden centres and camping shops .
?It?s been hard work and we?ve had to learn along the way, but it?s also been lots of fun.?
Mark and Diana are also hoping to develop the brand further in the future, with more similarly innovative products.