Pinoy finishes in the Top 4 of World Sneaker Championships
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 18, 2016 11:18 AM
Top four in the world is not bad. (From Archie Tolentino's Facebook page)
The Philippine Cinderella run in the sneaker version of bracket madness comes to an end.
Filipino architect Archie Tolentino and his design "El Povernir" fell short of advancing to the finals of the 2016 Pensole World Sneaker Championships.
"El Povernir" lost to the entry of 20-year-old Maxwell Lund of the United States in the Final Four.
Posting on his personal Facebook account, Tolentino thanked all those who supported him in his quest and said that his personal journey will continue.
In a previous interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Tolentino said that he wants to see more Filipino designers break into the sneaker business that has grown into a massive billion-dollar industry.
The "El Povernir" was inspired by a 1930s Philippine company that "thrived as the pioneer of rubbershoe manufacturing in the Philippines."
The Filipino design had previously beaten two American entries in the Elite Eight and the top 16. "El Povernir" defeated a French design in the round of 32.