D'Wayne Edwards

Founder, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

Throughout his 20-plus year career, D'Wayne Edwards has designed shoes at the highest level for today’s premiere athletes and teams, such as Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter, Roy Jones Jr., and others. In 2011, he left Nike and opened PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, a school that gives talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, while providing the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.