"Design a Sneaker for the Future!"


To celebrate the sneaker exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, the Bata Shoe Museum is holding a Sneaker Design Competition. The competition is open to all Toronto school students in the categories of 1. Grades 7 and 8 2. Grades 9 and 10 and 3. Grades 11 and 12. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

The contest runs from Monday, October 14th, 2013 - Friday, May 30th, 2014 (entries must be received by 5pm).

The Challenge:

Sneakers of the recent past have improved athletic performance, measured speed and distance, prevented injury, given comfort and provided street cred and fashion savvy to millions of the world’s citizens. The challenge is to design a sneaker for the future. Students should consider some of the following questions while creating their design:

  • What will the sneakers for citizens of the future be like?
  • How will their sneakers change or improve their lives?
  • Where will their sneakers be worn?
  • When will their sneakers be used?
  • Why will they need sneakers?
  • Who will be the future citizens of the world?

The Inspiration:

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture is on display at the Bata Shoe Museum during the 2013-2014 school year. The exhibition explores the history of the sneaker from the 19th century through to today. On display are many of the most iconic sneakers of the 20th century, including pieces from famous sneaker designers and collectors. The exhibition was designed by famed industrial designer Karim Rashid.

The Museum is located at 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Visit with a class ($6 per student - call Andrea at 416 979 7799 ext. 242 to reserve) or visit individually (Youth $5, Adults $14).

The Curriculum Connection:

Teachers of grade 7 Science will find an excellent connection with Understanding Structures and Mechanism – Form and Function. Teachers of grades 7-12 Visual Arts will find multiple connections with the Elements and Principles of Design.

Design a Sneaker for the Future! is presented by the Bata Shoe Museum in partnership with Nike Canada.

Entry Guidelines/Prizing Information

Printable Student Entry Forms