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About S.O.S.

PENSOLE is searching for the next great designer! Test your skills against the best young minds in the country and train for a successful career in the Apparel and Accessories, Color and Materials, Footwear, and Graphic Design industries.

Submissions are now closed!

Scholarships and Cash Prizes

1 Winner in Each Category receives full tuition to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art at Pensole (12 Week Program)

Top 3 Schools with the most Student Submissions receive $17,500 in cash prizes

Winning Schools with the 4 winning students will each receive $5,000

How it works

Our process gives students the chance to work on their ideas just like a professional designer. They have the choice to work on one category or tackle all 4 to create a whole collection. Powered by our incredible partners NAEA, PNCA, Vibram, New Era, MLab, FAAS, and and with support from the William R. Kennan, Jr. Charitable Trust.


Step 1

Create one piece or a whole collection.


Step 2

Scan or take a photo of your design(s).


Step 3

Submit your design(s) at


1. Download our free templates and use them to help you get started on your new collection!

  •  Apparel designers use our template to find the right shape.
  • Color & Materials designers MUST use the existing shoe design for their colorway.
  • Footwear Designers MUST use the existing Vibram outsole for their submission.
  • Graphic designers must use a New Era baseball hat for their designs.

2. Once you're done, scan or take a high quality photo of your work.

3. Finally, submit your work here at S.O.S. when the submission window opens.


April 2, 2018: Registration is now open! Entry information available for download

April 23, 2018: Submission window open for all categories

June 2, 2018 11:59 pm PDT: Deadline for registration and entries to be submitted

June 2 – June 3, 2018: Global voting by Pensole Alumni

June 11, 2018: Announce twelve finalists (three in each category)

June 25, 2018: One week Pensole class begins in PDX

July 1, 2018: Live Final Presentation and Winners announced



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Next Steps...

Now that you have learned about Sneakerhead of State, it's time to register!