Today, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy announced details for the 2018 World Sneaker Championship. It’s the school’s fourth year running the event, and the competition has evolved.
The winner of the global online-only, single-elimination tournament will receive a grand prize of $20,018 in cash, scholarships to the PENSOLE Academy in Portland, Oregon, and design products from Wacom valued at more than $8,000. In addition, the winning sneaker will be produced and sold in a limited run at Foot Locker stores all over the world like the recently unveiled Asics ‘Fresh Up’ Gel 180.
“Our goal has always been to identify and develop the next generation of great sneaker designers,” D’Wayne Edwards, PENSOLE founder said in a statement. “In three years we have been able to do that and, WSC has grown to be PENSOLE’s most celebrated and anticipated competition each year, worldwide.”
Many of PENSOLE’s alumni are now employed by sneaker companies all over, from Jordan Brand to Under Armour and Peak.
According to PENSOLE, on April 8, contestants in the tournament will battle head-to-head against some of the world’s top designers round by round. Viewers will vote for who advances and people interested can watch the events online. PENSOLE and Foot Locker will broadcast the winners of each round weekly from the top 64 to the top eight via Facebook Live. You can register at the same site, and the deadline for registration is March 25.
Moreover, the World Sneaker Championship will also feature an in-person “battle royal” match up where the top four designers will challenge each other face to face in front of a live audience at PENSOLE in Portland. Last designer standing will become the World Sneaker Champion and be crowned with a championship belt.
To register and check out all the submission details click here. You can learn more about last year’s winner, Maxwell Lund.
Let us know if you’ll be entering the 2018 WSC in the comments below.
CMF instructor Suzette Henry hugs Pensole Academy founder D’Wayne Edwards as they wrap up a successful footwear design workshop as students conclude their final presentations for the World Sneaker Championships at Pensole Academy, in Portland, on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam
Claudia Lopez ponders as D’Wayne Edwards critiques her sneaker design ideas during the WSC workshop at the Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam
CMF student Lindsey Johnson, right, rests her head on the table momentarily from exhaustion during the World Sneaker Championships workshop at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam
WSC workshop student Sese Herrera works up till the last minute to create a working prototype of his shoe design as other students prepare for the final presentation event, showcasing the results of their footwear design master class as the culmination of all their work will be shown to a panel of judges, at Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in Portland, on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam
A more detailed foot model with muscle details is sometimes used for more technical training shoe designs, at the WSC workshop at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam
Quetzal Ramos, left, Jesus Garate, top, and Guy Perez, right, work on taping down plastic foot models in order to create a paper mold so that they may sketch on it, during the World Sneaker Championships workshop at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam
After handing out T-shirts to WSC workshop participants that print, “Footernity,” D’Wayne Edwards gives a final congratulatory speech to his students for coming this far and for pursuing their dreams in footwear design and for spending all week preparing for the final presentation event, showcasing the results of their footwear design master class as the culmination of all their work will be shown to a panel of judges, at Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in Portland, on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Credit: Marcus Yam