Shoe Donation Programs

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program

Nike has been recycling shoes since 1993. The Reuse-A-Shoe program takes your worn-out kicks and turns them into Nike Grind, a material used in sports surfaces, playgrounds and new Nike products.

1. If you're part of a school, university group or non-profit organization, you could collect worn-out athletic shoes for your very own Reuse-A-Shoe drive.

It’s easy, just fill out this FORM on the Nike website.

2. Nike has Reuse-A-Shoe bins in all its U.S. retail locations - over 150 stores, where you deposit your worn out shoes.  By also partnering with the National Recycling Coalition Nike has increased their number of convenient drop-off facilities.

Some LA and Bay Area locations where you can take your old shoes:

            NIKETown                                      SE corner of Sears parking lot

            9560 Wilshire Blvd. (at Rodeo)          145 W. Hillcrest (at Moorpark)                 

            Beverly Hills, CA 90212                     Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

            (310) 275-9998                               Public drop box

            Burbank Recycling Center            City of Burbank Water and Power

            500 S. Flower St.                              164 W. Magnolia Blvd.  

            Burbank, CA 91502                          Burbank, CA 91502

            (818) 238-3900                               (818) 238-3700        

            Fleet Feet                                       Metro Sport  

            2086 Chestnut St.                            37 Town and Country Village

            San Francisco, CA 94123                  Palo Alto, CA 94301

            (415) 921-7188                               (650) 321-6453

            The Runners High                         Metro Sport                          

            249 1st St.                                       21267 Stevens Creek Blvd.

            Los Altos, CA 94022                         Cupertino, CA 95014

            (650) 941-2262                              (408) 446.5511

To find a location near you, use the MAP provided by Nike.

For more information on the National Recycling Coalition visit and call (202) 789-1430 or email

3.  If there are no locations nearby, you have the option of mailing in your old running shoes.

Please send your old running shoes to:

            Nike Recycling Center

            c/o Reuse-A-Shoe

            26755 SW 95th Ave.

            Wilsonville, OR 97070

For more information about Nike, their Reuse-A-Shoe or Grind Program, visit or call (800) 344-6453.


Samaritan’s Shoe Relief Mission

The Samaritan Shoe Relief is setting out to collect 10 billion shoes in the next 10 years working to bring a life-changing message of hope to impoverished and underprivileged children around the world through sports focused programs. 

1. You can host a Shoe of Hope drive in your city, church, school - or schedule a Samaritan’s Feet representative to speak at your local function.

For more information visit and call them at (866) 833-7463 or email

Shoes for the World Program

The World Emergency Relief (WER) provides disaster relief in addition to combating hunger, poverty and abuse worldwide, and promotes healthcare, education and child safety through its relief work and programs like the Shoes for the World Program.

Please send your old running shoes to:

            World Emergency Relief

            P.O. Box 131570

            Carlsbad, CA 92013

For more information about World Emergency Relief and their programs visit and call (888) 484-4543 or email


Share Your Soles

The goal of Share Your Soles is to provide gently worn shoes to those in greatest need around the world, having supplied tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to communities in Central America, Southeast Asia, The Caribbean, Appalachia, American Indian Reservations, Africa, and Eastern Europe.          

They have a variety of drop off locations across the U.S. in Illinois, California, Indiana, Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

            Share Your Soles Processing Center

            11701 S. Central

            Alsip, IL 60803

            East Coast Drop Center

            7248 Industrial Blvd.

            Allentown, PA 18106

            (610) 366-8102

To find locations near you, visit this LIST on their website.

For more information visit and call (708) 448-4469 or email



The global nonprofit Soles4Souls appeals to shoe companies, retailers, and individuals able to donate footwear both new and used to aid relief efforts for natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and the Asian Tsunami.

Please send your old running shoes to:

            Soles4Souls, Inc. (Alabama)            Soles4Souls, Inc. (Tennessee)

            315 Airport Road                                   619 Old Hickory Blvd.

            Roanoke, AL 36274                               Old Hickory, TN 37138

            Soles4Souls, Inc. (Nevada)

            Foreign Trade Zone #89

            6620 Escondido Street

            Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

For more information visit and call (615) 391-5723 or e-mail 



Shoe4Africa is a charitable organization with a mission to empower the youth in Africa through sports and education, and create unique health initiatives that also promote Aids awareness.

1.  You can send your old shoes directly to partners in Africa, make sure that all shoe donations from America are sent via Airmail if using USPS.


            c/o Monicah Kiplagat

            PO Box 6943

            Eldoret, Kenya


2.  Individual and corporate donations are accepted as a means for furthering other athletic initiatives such as training camps, athletic scholarships and sponsored races. 

To make a charitable contribution or receive more information please contact Shoe4Africa’s director Toby Transer at

For more information visit or email


One World Running

Since 1986, a group of runners in Boulder, Colorado, has collected, washed and sent new and "near-new" athletic shoes along with other athletic equipment to needy areas in U.S. and around the world, aiming to promote an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition.

1. Visit their BLOG for a list of drop-off locations near you.

For more information visit and call (303) 473-1314 / (720) 304-2878 or email


The Shoe Bank

Founded in 1989, the Shoe Bank provides shoes for twenty thousand people every year - primarily children, both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Pleas send your old running shoes to:

            Shoe Bank

            c/o Michael Barringer

            205 Becky Lane

            Rockwall, TX 75087

For more information visit and contact Michael Barringer at (971) 771-7658 or email


Heart and Sole

Heart and Sole is a charitable project at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) that Provides new and gently used shoes to poor communities, protecting them and their feet from environmental hazards, keeping them safe and healthy.

1.  Please send your old running shoes to:

            Ann Cook

            Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

            A314 East Fee Hall

            East Lansing, MI 48824-1316

2.  Donating money is a tremendously helpful alternative, instead of shipping a box of 10-15 pairs of shoes that can cost as much as $40 to ship ovevrseas.  Due to lack of funds, Heart and Sole has a supply of shoes waiting to be shipped.

Checks should be made payable to MSUCOM and sent to the above address.

For more information visit or email Ann directly at


Warren Striders Track Club, Inc.

Warren Striders Track Club provides running shoes to local low-moderate income families who often are unable to purchase adequate running shoes for their children.

Please send your old running shoes to:

            Jack Thornton, Jr.

            Head Coach/Program Director

            P.O. Box 3440

            Warren, OH 44485

For more information visit and contact Jack directly at (330) 372.6252 or email


Sole Responsibility

A non-profit organization formed by a group of runners in Ottawa, Canada.  Sole Responsibility donates used running and walking shoes overseas.

Please send your old running shoes to:

            Sole Responsibility

            83 Place Road

            Ottawa, Ontario

            K1L 5B9

For more information visit or contact Jennifer North at (613) 240-4300


SimplySoles’s Shoe Recycling Pogram

SimplySoles collects old business shoes and gives them to Suited for Change, which provides professional attire and career/life skills to low-income women transitioning from homeless shelters, jail, and rehab programs into the workforce.

1. Shop for shoes you love at then mail in any pair of pre-worn, closed-toe shoes (suitable for a professional setting) and you save 10% on your shoe order.

For more information visit or contact Jennifer North at (613) 240-4300 / (800) 909-3679

For more information on Suited for Change visit and call (202) 293-0351 or email Joyce Thomas (Program Consultant) at   




Runner’s World Shoe Donations List

Shoe Recycling Directory

International Shoe Recycling Programs