My kids go through a pair of sneakers every two months, and we’ve got too many pairs of old shoes filling up our closets. I don’t want to throw them away, so I’ve looked for places to donate them to instead. If your kids are like mine, you might be looking for a new home for old shoes, too.
Here are three groups that can make good use of those old kicks, so they don’t fill up the landfill.
Soles4Souls takes your gently-used shoes and clothing, and gives them to people in need around the world. This online tool makes it easy to find one of their blue collection bins in your community. Soles4Souls takes any type of shoes, from heels to sandals, that are gently worn. The organization makes it easy for kids to do even more, like host their own shoe drive.
Have a pair of running shoes that just didn’t fit right? One World Running takes nearly-new, and brand new, running shoes, and distributes them to runners around the world. You can find a local drop off location here.
Nike Reuse-a-Shoe grinds down old footwear to make playing surfaces, turf, and tracks. An impressive 28 million pairs of shoes have been given a new life since 1990. The program is not for the gently-used shoes your son wore for two weeks before his feet grew a size overnight; it’s for the trashed, beaten-up pairs that would otherwise go in the trash. You can drop them off at a Nike or Converse store, or send them to Nike here.