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Called Kicks Kamp, the Programs Have Been Developed to Find the Top Aspiring Designers in Asia, Europe and North America

Portland, Ore. — PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy today announced it will hold four separate one-week footwear-design immersion classes, called Kicks Kamp, in Shanghai, China; Guimaraes, Portugal; Toronto, Canada; and at PENSOLE in Portland this summer, according to PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards.

“For the past few years, we have experienced incredible demand for our footwear design courses in Europe, Asia and Canada,” Edwards said. “But it hasn’t always been possible for talented designers to make the trip to PENSOLE in Portland. It has always been my dream to provide this opportunity the best aspiring designers around the globe, and Kicks Kamp will be an important step in making that happen.”

The PENSOLE Kicks Kamps are intensive design courses that teach students daily design tools like consumer profiling, storytelling, ideation sketching, proportional sketching, rendering and more. At the end of one week, a panel of judges will select the best design to be produced and sold globally.

The schedule of programs is as follows:

• China Kicks Kamp (footwear only): June 12 – June 18 in Shanghai, China. Deadline to register: May 21

• Portugal Kicks Kamp (footwear and color/materials): June 26 – July 2 in Guimaraes, Portugal. Deadline to register: May 28

• Canada Kicks Kamp (footwear only): July 10 – 16 in Toronto

• US Kicks Kamp (footwear and color/materials): August 21 – 28 in Portland (at PENSOLE)

To apply, prospective students must submit one hand-drawn sketch (lateral or outside view) of an original footwear design in black and white or color. The original sketch must be on paper. No digital sketches will be accepted. Multiple views are optional.

Information and registration for all Kicks Kamps are at
All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Students are not required to be residents of the country in which the class is held to attend. All applicants must be able to speak and write English fluently.

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 28 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 200 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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