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How to Donate Used Running Shoes

Updated April 17, 2017

After taking a look at your shoe rack or cleaning out a closet, you may find you have more shoes than you could ever possibly wear. Instead of throwing out your old running shoes and sneakers, consider donating your shoes to one of the many organisations that appreciates donations of footwear. When you donate your old, gently worn shoes to an organisation, you are doing much more than making more space in your closet; you are changing the world.

After you have consolidated your unwanted shoes, sort them according to their condition. Gently used or like-new shoes can be donated to organisations that give them to other people, such as Soles4Shoes. Other groups, such as Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe, can use even fairly ratty sneakers, as they grind them up and recycle them.

Decide to which organisation you'd like to donate your unused running shoes. A variety of organisations can put your old kicks to good use. Ask yourself how you'd like your shoes to be used, such as given to people in third world countries, donated to Americans who need shoes or recycled to make new products.

Send your used running shoes on their way. For specific details, look at your selected organisation's website. There, you should be able to find where you should send your shoes and any other particular details regarding your donation.

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Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.