The Pensole Footwear Design Academy, Portland, Oregon

In 2010, former design director D'wayne Edwards of Brand Jordan started the Pensole Footwear Design Academy based in Portland, Oregon, offering intensive courses in shoe design taught by people who have worked at companies such as Nike and Adidas. Classes are usually three or four weeks long and cram in what a student might learn over the course of a full college semester. Students learn to do consumer research, study materials, and prototype design. The school invites applications from young people who want to pursue careers in the shoe industry but don't have the basic training to get started. There are 18 places each year with 850 applications.
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