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World Sneaker Championship 2014

For Immediate Release

Portland, OR – May 19, 2014 – PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy today announced new dates for the PENSOLE World Sneaker Championship and an expansion of the program to include footwear design, color/material/finishes (CMF), and 3D modeling, according to PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards.

The World Sneaker Championship, which will take place from July 21 to August 22 at PENSOLE in Portland, is a hands-on, four-week-intensive master class created to identify and introduce aspiring designers to the art of footwear design, CMF and 3D modeling—and to find the world’s best sneaker designers.

“This is PENSOLE’s largest class to date. We’ve now expanded the program to identify 30 of the top design students from around the world—in footwear, CMF and 3D,” Edwards said. “The winners in all three categories will have the opportunity to submit their projects to global brands and potentially have their designs sold at retail.”

The World Sneaker Championship will be open to 18 footwear, six CMF and six 3D design students.

To apply for entry—and to be eligible to win a scholarship to attend the class—footwear design students must submit one original design, sketched by hand in black and white or color; CMF applicants one original material and/or color palette showing use of both materials and color arrangements; and 3D designers one original 3D design. Up to three views of the same design may be submitted, and 3D work is not limited to footwear.

Entrants in all three categories are required to submit designs through Applications submitted through any means other than MESH01 will not be considered.

The deadline for application is June 22, 2014. Applicants who are accepted to the class will be notified and sent registration information by June 30, 2014. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

PENSOLE’s “learn by doing” curriculum teaches students the entire footwear design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding. PENSOLE features the most sought after faculty in footwear, comprised of both young professional designers and established footwear design leaders from the top footwear brands, with more than 100 years combined experience to help you with your professional development.

D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 25 years, founded PENSOLE to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.

Since the first PENSOLE class in 2010, more than 70 Academy graduates have been placed professionally, full-time or as interns, for footwear companies worldwide, including Columbia Sportswear, Timberland, Converse, AND1, New Balance, Wolverine, Cole Haan, Under Armour, Keen, Ariat, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN, Kenneth Cole, Reebok and Nike.


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