Jamaican vying for the title ‘World Sneaker Champion 2017’

Jamaican Mathieu Vaughn has been selected to compete in the 2017 version of the World Sneaker Championships. An open to the public event, Contestants submit sneaker designs online for a chance to compete in a single-elimination, 64-contestant tournament. The final 16 contestants will get scholarships to an upcoming workshop at Pensole. a footwear design academy, which teaches the craft of footwear design.

Now in its third year, aspiring sneaker designers have an opportunity to be crowned the “2017 World Sneaker Champion” and win $20,017 in cash and other prizes in the competition. In addition, the winning design will be sold at Foot Locker, which is partnering with Pensole and its founder D’Wayne Edwards, a former designer director for Nike’s Jordan brand.

Last year, Minnesota’s Maxwell Lund had his design retail for $180 and sold in limited quantities at several Foot Locker locations in America.

“With more than 5,700 registrants from over 57 different countries and 300,000 voting public in 2016, I can only imagine what’s in store for this year’s competition. The reach of sneaker culture around the globe is really amazing to see. The World Sneaker Championship was created as the first global sneaker design tournament to discover and develop the next generation of great sneaker designers,” Edwards said, in a news release. “The first two years proved the talent truly is worldwide, and Pensole is providing a platform for these aspiring designers to showcase their talents for the world to see.”

See to place your vote and for more details on the competition.

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