Learn the Business

Get insider access to key areas of the industry with 45+ on-demand video lessons, and build real-world skills through self-paced projects and simulations.

Boost Your Cred

Earn a Certificate of Achievement in Sneaker Essentials from the world-renowned FIT to add to your profile.

Map Your Career

Learn about all the various career paths in the sneaker world, and get first-hand tips and advice on how to achieve your goals from the biggest names in the business.



The program includes 6 courses. Each course is 4-5 hours, and is broken into several shorter modules that you complete at your own pace. Graduates of the program earn a non-credit Certificate of Achievement from FIT.

Sneakers Module 1

Course 1. Introduction to History and Culture

Explore the history of sneakers – from performance, to fashion, to self-expression – and the evolution of sneaker culture.

Sneakers Module 2

Course 2. Design

Gain an understanding of design considerations including the design brief, color, materials, parts and lasts, sketching and drafting, tech packs, and prototyping.

Sneakers Module 3

Course 3. Manufacturing and Production

Go inside the factory to see how sneakers are made and learn about key steps like pattern making, upper assembly, outsole application, and production.

Sneakers Module 4

Course 4. Distribution and Retail

Learn about the ways a sneaker gets to market through exploration of trade shows, traditional and non-traditional retail, boutiques, select release dates and drop strategy, and conventions.

Sneakers Module 5

Course 5. Brand Strategy & Marketing

Delve into marketing strategy with modules on brand strategy, creating a brand story, marketing tactics, digital apps and web marketing, endorsements, collaborations, and more.

Sneakers Module 6

Course 6. Media

The experts from Complex lead instruction on sneaker media, social and video strategy, game changers in sneaker media history, and teach you how to create your own media.

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