Earlier this month, we announced that Kyle Hodge was the winner of the “The Next Sneaker Design Star” competition, and was headed to a multi-day apprenticeship with sneaker company Creative Recreation. He's blogging about the experience, and you can hear about his introduction to Creative Recreation below.

Stay tuned for more updates on Kyle's sneaker design education, and keep an eye out for #cr8reckicks on Twitter. You can follow @creativerec, @complexmag, @complexsneakers, and Kyle himself @monsieur_hodge, for up-to-the-minute info.

I didn't really know what to expect when I landed in LA this morning, but after a nice walk through West Hollywood in the morning, my mind was made up on LA: I love it! I met up with some cool people from Complex later on, who gave me a tour of the LA office and the surrounding area. It was a short walk from Complex LA HQ to the Creative Recreation offices, and I got to pass some legendary spots like the Viper Room and the Roxy. At Creative Recreation, I got to meet the staff for a tour of their offices, which have amazing views of both the Hollywood Hills and Downtown LA. I’ve already learned a lot about the industry, how the company works, and I got some dope gear before leaving—and it’s only day one. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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