"Being a part of Pensole, I gain not only the in-dept knowledge within footwear, but also a tool for living a life, as a designer and as a person."
– Siramol On-Sri, adidas
“Pensole has a ripple effect, not only impacting the lives of the students but also the design education community and the footwear industry.”
– Cheresse Thornhill, Nike
“Going into Pensole, the expected was that I would come out of the experience with knowledge of how to design shoes; the unexpected was that I came out of the experience with a sole family, the love for them is real.”
– Sarah Sabino, Converse
"Pensole is a unique environment that organically creates interactions between students and top level designers. A true creative center that inspires and educates at all levels."
– Dave Dombrow, Under Armour
“It is a true pleasure to collaborate with Suzette Henri in her MLab where color, material, and finish is understood to be key to deeper levels of design success and not simply a decorative after thought.”
– Bryan Shackelford, Eastman
“I want to connect with leaders and thought-provoking individuals to continually learn, grow and build business – PENSOLE Academy and Dwayne Edwards are at the epicenter of this effort…”
– Rick Peterson, WACOM
PENSOLE is an innovative Footwear Design Academy that provides its students the opportunity and knowledge to become a professional footwear designer through a rigorous “learn by doing” curriculum.
D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 25 years, has funded PENSOLE with his personal income since 2010 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.
Students are taught and mentored by the most sought-after faculty in footwear, comprised of both young and established design leaders, with more than 100 years combined experience.
Since the first PENSOLE class in 2010, more than 90 Academy graduates have been placed professionally, full-time or as interns, for footwear companies worldwide, including Columbia Sportswear, The North Face, Timberland, Converse, AND1, New Balance, Wolverine, Cole Haan, Under Armour, Keen, Ariat, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN, Kenneth Cole, Reebok and Nike.