You will be tasked to create a cohesive look for the urban runner. Submit three separate designs made for the target consumer described below. Click each template to download and follow the instructions provided.

Urban Runner

The urban runner was born to move, and their preferred trail is pavement. Whether to a meeting across town, or fitting in a midday mile, they are ready to commute through the city. Function and style are priority to them and they are while always on the lookout for the next great innovation in product.


Submit Your Content

View the examples of the submission requirements and templates for each category by clicking below. CONTESTANTS MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE DESIGN FOR EACH OF THE BELOW CATEGORIES IN ORDER TO APPLY!

Submit Your Video

Record a 1-2 minute video talking about yourself and your designs for all 3 categories. Post this video on YouTube, Vimeo, or any video sharing platform of your choice. Copy the URL link to your video and have it ready to be submitted along with your design submission.


Tune in to the Competition

Once all submissions are in, each contestant’s three designs will be evaluated to determine which is the strongest. From among those, the top 32 will be selected for each category.
This will segment a designer into one of three routes to Boston. No individual designer can be placed on more than one route. 

After you’ve submitted your design and video, it’s time to start promoting your work! Share your work on social media to build up your fan base and tune in on November 22, 2019 to see if your design makes it to the top 32!

Final Challenge At Puma Boston HQ

The TOP 2 designers in each category will be invited to an in-person final challenge at PUMA’s Boston HQ from December 18-20, where they will have the opportunity to present in front of PUMA + Foot Locker representatives! One winner from each category will walk away as the 2019 PENSOLE World Sneaker Champion for their respective category!

Tournament Eligibility

You must be at least 18 years old at time of entry. Professional designers currently working in the footwear/sportswear industry ARE NOT allowed to compete. If we find that you are a working professional, your submission will be DISQUALIFIED.


The winner for each category will be crowned as the respective 2019 PENSOLE World Sneaker Champion for Color + Material, Functional Apparel, and Footwear Design and receive:

  • Their final design made and sold at select retailers
  • A championship trophy
  • One WACOM Cintiq 16


The top 2 designers of each category who make the Semi-finalists round will receive:

  • One WACOM Intuos Pro M

Disclaimer: All prizes are final. WACOM prizes listed above may be substituted or changed to a different product without prior notification.