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Top Designs to be Featured at FN Platform Tradeshow in Las Vegas

PORTLAND, OR – PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, in partnership with Autodesk and Wacom, today announced the kickoff of the Fusion of Footwear Design Competition Powered by Autodesk, an online competition to find the industry’s best emerging 3D designers, according to PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards.

“Partnering with Autodesk and Wacom enables us to create a completely new type of competition for our longstanding partnership with FN Platform, North America’s largest footwear tradeshow,” Edwards said. “3D design is the future of our industry and with Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software and Wacom’s world class digital design equipment, we can provide aspiring footwear designers globally a platform to showcase their ability.”

Aspiring designers will compete for prizes such as a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Creative Pen Display Tablet, Wacom Creative Kits (Bamboo Folio Smartpad with Smart Pen and Casing), and the top 20 designs will be featured in Footwear News and at FN Platform, February 21-23 in Las Vegas.

Applicants can enter designs in the following FN Platform categories:

Play: Juniors’ and women’s footwear

Zen: The crossroads of footwear style and comfort

Camp: Women’s and men’s casual lifestyle and advanced contemporary footwear

Bond: Bespoke footwear for the modern man

Cosmo: Women’s fashion footwear

Black Diamond: Luxury footwear collections

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 22, at 11:59 p.m. Selection of the top 20 designs will take place on Friday, January 27.

Registration and required downloads for Fusion of Footwear can be accessed here:


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 27 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 185 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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