For consumers interested in learning how to style and build sneakers, the Pensole Footwear Design Academy offers educational courses in immersive classroom settings on how to design footwear. The school focuses on the drawing, making and product testing of sneakers for the sports industry with a tuition and learning curriculum that is sponsored by well-known athletic brands such as Adidas and Nike.
The program is offered out of Portland, Oregon and it offers an accelerated learning plan of a full semester concentrated into four weeks. The work days span up to 14 hours and feature model-making, industry tips, skilled prototyping and consumer research to name a few areas of studies. The paid for tuition aims to sponsor designers looking to make it in the field.