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 & MaterialsFootwear industries.

Scholarships and Cash Prizes

1 Winner in Each Category receives full tuition a future Pensole Classes and additional prizes.

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

Winning Schools with the 3 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. Applicants have the choice to work in one category or tackle all 3 to create an entire collection. Supported by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and powered by our incredible partners, Champs Sports, Kicks Art, MLab, and FAAS.


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


Septemeber 30. 2019: Applications are now open!

October 28, 2019, 11:59 pm PST: Deadline for applications to be submitted.

October 28 – October 29, 2019: Global voting by Pensole Alumni.

November 4, 2019: Announce 9 finalists (three in each category)

November 11, 2019: 3-week online class begins.

December 13, 2019: Final Presentation at PENSOLE and Winners announced.



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Next Steps...

Now that you have learned about Sneakerhead of State, it's time to download a template and start working on your submission!