MESH01 Design Competitions

There are a lot of exciting design competitions going on at I thought you guys might be interested.

MESH01 is excited to be teaming up with Under Armour to launch 4 new footwear design competitions and $19,000 in cash prizes as part of the Under Armour Cup.

The Under Armour Cup is a series of 4 Under Armour competitions; “Hukalo”, “Tradesman”, “Rogue” and “Rogue Mid-Cut”.

Each competition will offer cash prizes for first and second. In addition to these prizes the top 8 designers will receive points based upon their rank in each competition. (1st-1000pts, 2nd-800pts, 3rd-600pts, 4th-400pts, 5th-300pts, 6th-200pts, 7th-100pts, and 8th-50pts)

At the end of the 4 competitions the designer with the highest total score will be crowned Under Armour Cup Champion.
Check it out here:

UA Huckalo
This competition is to create the ultimate winter comfort boot for the Under Armour women’s consumer. It’s about creating that look and feel of comfort, along with a unique performance identity that says “that’s the Under Armour boot”.

Total Prizes: $5,000
1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000

UA Tradesman
This competition is to create a boot that is easy on, easy off ,great for on the job as a contractor boot yet stylish enough to wear with the jeans and fleece for the trip to the steakhouse.

Total Prizes: $4,000
1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $1,000

UA Rogue
This competition is to create an offroad trail shoe for the guy that isn’t going to climb Everest but is going to hit the woods, be comfortable, camp and overall live the outdoor lifestyle. This is for the guy that wants all day comfort but in an outdoor look.

Total Prizes: $7,000
1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $2,000

UA Rogue Mid-cut
This competition is to create mid height leather trail boot that shouts comfortable. This boot leans towards the athletic side of the outdoor world.

Total Prizes: $3,000
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000

Check it out these design competitions here:

If you are a student or recent graduate looking to step up your footwear design game to the next level, MESH01 is running a competition to give 1 student a scholarship to PENSOLE’s Prep School program.

PENSOLE Preparation School is a hands on 3-week program designed for graduate students to prepare for a professional career in the footwear industry. Prep School classes will range from Personal Branding, Preparing for Interviews, Business of Design, Pattern making, How to Create Collections, Bio-mechanics; and much more.

At PENSOLE Prep School, you will experience our rigorous “learn by doing” curriculum that will be customized to focus on your specific areas of development. During these 3 weeks you will be challenged to define who you are and who you want to be.

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Xtep is launches 3 new competitions on and will be awarding $18,500 in cash prizes.

Xtep Streetball
Design a basketball shoe that is inspired by the Hip Hop culture and energy of the street.

Total Prizes: $6,500
1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $1,500

Xtep Step of the Future
Design a running shoe inspired by Scifi futurism and concise modern design.

Total Prizes: $6,000
1st Place: $4,000
2nd Place: $2,000

Xtep Water Rhythm
Design a fashionable lifestyle shoe inspired by the water’s fluidity and gracefulness.

Total Prizes: $6,000
1st Place: $4,000
2nd Place: $2,000

Check it out these design competitions here:


adidas America and PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy are pleased to announce the launch of PENSOLEOGRAPHY|adidas America -a hands-on, intensive, three-week footwear design Master Class that teaches students the art of adidas footwear design.

adidas will provide scholarships up to 12 hand-selected aspiring footwear designers to experience PENSOLE’s rigorous “learn by doing” curriculum, where students are assigned projects to develop from idea to final concept while working in a team environment.

The Talent Search and Class is available to U.S. Residents Only

Ariaprene Graphic Rendering

Ariaprene is looking for product renderings to be featured in a new brochure suggesting what products the material works best in. The Renderings will be artful with a rendered by hand aesthetic with images that suggest what products our material works best in, without limiting ourselves to one brand.

1st Prize: $1,000

Inspiration Board Co-Creation Project

One of the most important things when beginning a new project is the inspiration. We have all scoured the Internet for hours looking for images to get our creative juices flowing. Share the images that you have found and help us to create a place where designers can come to be inspired.

We need your help to create a database of inspiration boards based around each month’s theme.

This month’s theme: Light Weight Structure

ENK And MESH01 Want To Take You To Vegas
Thats right MESH01 is heading back to VEGAS for the ENKWSA show from Aug 7-9. This time we are not going alone we want to bring you with us.
MESH01 along with ENKWSA is pleased to announce the Fast Fashion Design Project.
Today’s fashion is so yesterday. For this project you will design a women’s heel, wedge, or flat utilizing “Fast Fashion” principals.
Top 6 designers will be flown to Las Vegas to compete live at the ENKWSA Footwear tradeshow from Aug 7-9.

Deadline: July 16, 2012 3:59 AM GMT (11:59 PM EST)

Calling All Graphic Designers!
College Football season is just around the corner. Here is your chance to get in the game. Ok so you are no Rudy, we will not actually put you in the game but we can get your designs on the backs of the fans at the game.
We have teamed up with College District to launch a series of 5 college football themed t-shirt design projects.

Deadline: July 16, 2012 3:59 AM GMT (11:59 PM EST)

Newton Launches Project Fly Ride Design Project
Project Fly Ride aims at one opportunity: Providing committed runners and running specialty retailers a “gateway” Newton performance running product that gives runners a “step in” shoe that helps them intuitively, confidently and comfortably transition to and strengthen their natural running motion with a limited adaptation period. This would be a runners first performance shoe before moving into Newton’s performance trainer offering. In short, Project Fly Ride is a broader market’s “bridge to better running.

Deadline: July 23, 2012 3:59 AM GMT (July 22, 11:59 PM EST)

Total Awards: $5,700

The Sports Cinch
Back pain can affect anyone but it does not have to take you out of the game. In this project you will refine the design of Healthcore’s three-way lumbar support belt with inflatable bladder mechanism updating the look and giving it sporty appeal.

Total Award: $3,000
Deadline: July 17, 2012 3:59 AM GMT (July 17 11:59 PM EST)