Upcoming Classes


January 17, 2018 – February 6, 2018

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2018
Location: Instagram or Submit your work here!
Tuition: Free


Do you have what it takes to become a professional footwear designer? Design is a skill that takes dedication and commitment in order for you to get better and so you can impress brands through your work. Below is a message from our founder, D’Wayne Edwards:

My commitment to design started back in 1989, where EVERYDAY for 6-months, I put sketches in the suggestion box of the company I worked for. It was that dedication that got the attention of the president of the company who hired me.

I did it for 180 days but join us in the #21DaysofDesign challenge and compete daily via Instagram in 21 consecutive days of sketching contests. The winner will receive a scholarship to attend [email protected] Academy and have a chance to see their design produced and sold at retail.

Follow the rules below to enter for your chance to win!


Step 1: Visit Pensole.com to download outsole template (using template is optional – you can show off your original design). Sketch a lateral view of your original design in Black & White or in Color.

Step 2: Follow @Pensole_Academy on Instagram

Step 3: Post your design to Instagram while tagging @Pensole_Academy, @fnplatform, and @vibram using #21DaysofDesign, #FNPC18 and also #HireMeFootwear as your “suggestion box” – if you want a chance for the brands to discover you.

Step 4: Submit your “design of the day” between 12am – 7pm PST


  • Start submitting your first design on January 17th
  • Last day to submit your design is February 6th
  • Winner will be chosen Feb 10th
  • Final product completed August2018

**The Top 10 designs of each day will be posted via @Pensole_Academy**


  • The winner will have a chance to see their sketch made into 210 pairs of kicks with their name on it.
  • The winner receives a scholarship to PNCA @ PENSOLE ($13,000 value).
  • The winner can choose to transfer their scholarship to someone else that qualifies for the program.
  • The winner receives trip (flight, hotel and meals) to @fnplatform in August for their sneaker reveal.
  • The winner receives 10 pairs of your design for your friends and family!


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S18 PNCA|PENSOLE Design Intensive

February 19, 2018 – May 11, 2018

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Tuition: $9890

This accelerated program is designed to ready you for a career in the footwear and apparel industry. The 15-credit, 12-week intensive is offered through PNCA in partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, the only school in the United States dedicated to footwear design. Students are accepted in one of the following tracks: Color & Material Design, Footwear Design, or Functional Apparel & Accessory Design.



January 7th, 2018: DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

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