The winner of "The Next Sneaker Design Star" competition will be announced next week, and right now Bryan Espiritu and Andy Oliver have a comfortable lead. Don't sleep on Kyle Hodge, though, who's got no competition for second place at the moment. While the slick Espiritu/Oliver design is on point, Hodge's shoe incorporates the Creative Recreation signature lace guard. As mentioned previously, the winning designer will be given a multi-day apprenticeship at Creative Rec, so taking cues from the existing silhouettes was a smart move.

Even if you didn't design a sneaker, there's something in this contest for you—once you vote, you can register to win great prizes, like a $250 Karmaloop gift card or a new pair of kicks. There's less than a week left to vote, so don't wait!

For up-to-the-minute info on the contest, follow @ComplexSneakers@creativerec, and keep an eye out for #cr8reckicks on Twitter.


VOTING IS NOW CLOSED FOR "THE NEXT SNEAKER DESIGN STAR" COMPETITION. PLEASE CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER!