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$6,723 pledged of $75,000 goal
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By Pensole Academy
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About

Investing in The Future

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 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.

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You Can Provide Free Education!

With each pledge we'de like to reward you with an opportunity to spread the word about footwear design with exclusive PENSOLE merchandise, including sketch kits, tees, and limited edition sneakers offered ONLY to our KickSatrer supporters.

Help us reach $50,000!

With a contribution of $50,000, we will be able to produce this limited edition design handcrafted in Portugal. The first 2017 backers that pledge $217 to this reward will receive a pair of these numbered, premium leather, hand burnished luxury sneakers in the tier of which they were ordered.

Help us reach $75,000!

With a contribution of$75,000, PENSOLE will launch a nationwide High School program called PENSOLE SneakerHead of State. This program will give High School student access and visibility to the world's largest footwear companies in an art and design focused competition.

Help us reach $100,000!

With a contribution of $100,000, we will be able to produce a second limited edition shoe handcrafted in Portugal. The first 2017 backers that pledge $217 to this reward will receive a pair of the second colorway of this luxury design numbered in the tier of which they were ordered.

 

WSC 16 "Paper" Edition
WSC 16 "Paper" Edition

 

 

   

WSC16 "Pensole" Edition
WSC16 "Pensole" Edition

 

 

PENSOLE High School Programs

Since 2010, PENSOLE has provided a FREE education to the majority of our students and our goal is to make PENSOLE FREE to 100% of our students and with the creation of the N0.2 PENSOLE Scholarship Fund will help us achieve our goal.  Our goal is to build PENSOLE into a world-class academy and the additional funds raised in this offering will go towards the following.

PENSOLE student picture
PENSOLE student picture


Become a SOLEHOLDER !

SOLEHOLDER is a community fundraising campaign that welcomes the public as partners in building an academy that will continue to discover, develop and place the future of the footwear industry. As a SOLEHOLDER in PENSOLE, you will help build the first community-owned footwear design academy and change the lives of aspiring footwear leaders worldwide.

SOLEHOLDER Rewards
SOLEHOLDER Rewards


Help us reach $200,000!

With a contribution of $200,000, PENSOLE will an after school program called Kicks Starter. PENSOLE Kicks Starter is a program that will teach young students the skills of footwear design and shoemaking, preparing them to establish careers within the footwear industry. 

Help us reach $350,000!

A contribution of $350,000, allows us to create a FREE international college program called PSSPT. PENSOLE PSSPT will allow student around the globe to engage in an online footwear design course instructed by global footwear design leaders.

Help us reach $500,000!

With a contribution $500,000, funds will cover the student's tuition, travel, housing, and supplies for future students attending any PENSOLE program. 

Help us reach $900,000!

With a contribution of $900,000 we will be able to upgrade our Innovation Studio where our students and other aspiring designers can learn to the art of patternmaking, sewing, sculpting, 3D modeling and build prototype samples by hand.

Risks and challenges

When PENSOLE started in 2010, our goal was to become a pipeline for the footwear industry. To date, we have done a good job in working towards that goal, but we discovered that we need a High School farm system to feed that pipeline. With art programs and other career development programs being dropped from High Schools across the country, we realize our future footwear leaders are in jeopardy. Building off our successful High School program called L.E.AD (Leaders Emerge After Direction) at MIT, we want to make a career in the Footwear industry more accessible.

PENSOLE Diversity

In 1989, at age 19, D’Wayne Edwards was one of the first professional footwear designers of color in the industry. Sadly, diversity in the footwear industry is still pretty low with less than 3% of the footwear designers of color and women are also underserved as well. PENSOLE would like to create two annual programs, one that focuses on people of color and the other for women only. Our goal is to provide people of color and women the opportunity to showcase their talents and become contributing members of the footwear industry.

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    PENSOLE "Sketch Kit"

    As a reward for pledging to help the next generation of creatives, we'd like to encourage you or someone you know to show us your skills with the PENSOLE "Sketch Kit."

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    PENSOLE Tee (White)

    Wear your contribution with pride! When pledging $25 or more you'll receive a limited PENSOLE Tee to help spread the word to aspiring designers throughout the world.

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    Kit + PENSOLE Tee

    Show your skills and support with the Kit + PENSOLE Tee package! An exclusive package only given to our students is now available for a limited time to our supporters.

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    Become a "Paper" SOLEHOLDER

    As a "Paper" SOLEHOLDER, you will receive a framed gold foil embellished certificate to commemorate your contribution to supporting FREE EDUCATION!

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    WSC16 "Paper" Edition 1-100

    Be the first 100 of 2,017 owners of this exclusive luxury sneaker designed by the 2016 World Sneaker Champion, Maxwell Lund. This unique design is handcrafted in Portugal and made to order for each Kickstarter backer.

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    WSC16 "Paper" Edition 101-250

    Be the first 250 of 2,017 owners of this exclusive luxury sneaker designed by the 2016 World Sneaker Champion, Maxwell Lund. This unique design is handcrafted in Portugal and made to order for each Kickstarter backer.

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    WSC16 "Paper" Edition 251-500

    Be the first 500 of 2,017 owners of this exclusive premium sneaker designed by the 2016 World Sneaker Champion, Maxwell Lund. This unique design is handcrafted in Portugal and made to order for each Kickstarter backer.

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    WSC16 "Paper" Edition 501-1000

    Be one of the exclusive 1000 owners of this premium sneaker designed by the 2016 World Sneaker Champion, Maxwell Lund. This unique design is handcrafted in Portugal and made to order for each Kickstarter backer.

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    SOLEHOLDER Pack "Paper" Edition

    Take the next step as a backer and become a SOLEHOLDER. With your contribution, you will receive a limited edition SOLEHOLDER tee and a commemorative gold foil certificate to show your support as a premier backer.

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    • PENSOLE Bag
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    SOLEHOLDER Package "Wood" Edition

    Elevate your status as a SOLEHOLDER and receive both pairs of the WSC16 "Paper" & "Pensole" Editions. You also receive a commemorative laser engraved wooden plaque to represent your support as one of our premier backers.

    Includes:
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    • WSC 16 "PENSOLE" Edition
    • SOLEHOLDER Tee "Charcoal"
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    SOLEHOLDER Package "Glass" Edition

    As a "Glass" SOLEHOLDER you will receive the VIP treatment with the opportunity to customize your pair of WSC16's with your name or logo.

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    • SOLEHOLDER Tee "Black"
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    SOLEHOLDER Package "Leather" Edition

    As a "Leather" SOLEHOLDER, you receive the ultimate PENSOLE experience with the unique opportunity to visit Portland, Oregon and design your own custom shoe with PENSOLE founder Dwayne Edwards.

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    • WSC 16 "PENSOLE" Edition
    • Custom shoe design session with PENSOLE founder, Dwayne Edwards
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