As a part of its commitment to delivering the freshest most innovative sneakers, Foot Locker will help to grow and develop designers at PENSOLE through the “Fueling the Future of Footwear” Master Class. This program offers winning participants the opportunity to have their designs sold exclusively at Foot Locker stores.
The Master Class in partnership with Under Armour, runs through Jan. 29. In the Master Class, participants are tasked to create a new Under Armour lifestyle sneaker design – from idea to finished concept. PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards is leading the course of 18 students from 7 different countries, guiding them through PENSOLE’s “learn by doing” footwear design process.
Meet D’Wayne Edwards – Pensole Founder
D’Wayne Edwards is a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 26 years. He designed for Nike and Jordan and is most known for the Nike Goadome 2 and the redesign of the Jordan Retro 2. Edwards founded PENSOLE to give talented young design students 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 100 Academy graduates have been placed professionally, full-time or as interns, for footwear companies worldwide, including Columbia Sportswear, The North Face, Timberland, Converse, New Balance, Cole Haan, Under Armour, Keen, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN, Kenneth Cole, ECCO, Reebok and Nike.