Every sneakerhead has dreamed about creating their own silhouette from scratch, but most will never get a chance to unleash their design talent on the industry. In the hopes that we can kick start a career, we’re bringing back The Next Sneaker Design Star contest for a second year, in which the nation’s hottest up-and-coming shoe designers will compete for a multi-day apprenticeship at an American sneaker company.
Here’s all you have to do to enter: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, design and a description of what you’ve created. You can also enter by simply tweeting us your design using #sneakerdesignstar.
Complex’s own Russ Bengtson will be selecting the finalists, whose standout sketches will appear on Complex.com in a toe-to-toe battle. Complex readers will then pick the winner by voting for their favorite original sneaker design. In addition to submitting a design, those who cast their vote will also be entered to win prizes like a $250 Karmaloop gift card or a fresh pair of kicks.
While voting for The Next Sneaker Design Star starts in a few weeks, the time to put pen to paper is now. As the submissions roll in, you’ll get Russ’ take on the competition, as well as interviews with the designers themselves. Enter today, and check back soon to cast your vote!