Pensole woke me up to what the footwear industry was all about. It was a long two weeks that gave me tools I couldn’t have picked up in two years.
- Jacques Perrault, Adidas
My experience at Pensole was the catalyst that spurred my career as a footwear designer.
- Erin Cochrane, Nike
There is no experience quite like learning about the footwear industry in PENSOLE with D’Wayne Edwards as a mentor and Suzette Henry in the MLab.
- Caludia Maria Lopez, Xceed Sport
To connect with people that shared the same passion and love for footwear design as I did was something that I found very unique and much needed.
- Quintin Williams, PEAK Sports
Sky is the limit! Have fun! You are going to look back in few years and will miss it!
Glen Chang, Nike
PENSOLE has made it possible for me to achieve my dream of being a footwear designer and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Daniel Raes, Keen Footwear
The MLab is the creative business model which drives education and innovation through design resources and partnerships with vendors. Our platform promotes an inspirational environment of comprehensive Color & Material Design education.
FAAS provides instruction through the processes of research, design, and development specifically for performance apparel and accessories.
PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy was founded by D’Wayne Edwards, who at 30, was one of the youngest Design Directors in Nike’s history and is one of only a handful of designers who has designed an AIR JORDAN.
As a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 28 years, Edwards 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.
PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy is the only school in the United States dedicated to footwear design education from a holistic creative perspective. Since it’s founding in 2010, more than 250 Academy graduates have been placed professionally with footwear companies worldwide, in the following positions: brand/marketing, color and material design, footwear design, graphic design and technical design;as well as starting their own consulting or footwear brands.