Donate Your Running Shoes

  • By Emily Stanford
  • Published Nov 12, 2013
  • Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM UTC
Photo: Oliver Baker

Give your used shoes a second life by donating them to one of these worthy causes.

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program
Drop your old shoes off at any Nike or Converse store in the U.S., and Reuse-A-Shoe will break them down into their component parts and recycle the materials into new applications, like using the rubber from the soles for track surfaces or playgrounds. Find out more about how to go green at

One World Running
The 100 percent volunteer organization has donated shoes, T-shirts and shorts to needy athletes and children around the world since 1986. With drop-off locations all over the U.S., find the one closest to you at

Used shoes and clothing collected are sold to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations that provide shipping, financing, inventory and training to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti, giving citizens a chance to have a job and generate personal income. Find out where to send your sneakers at

Hope Runs
Two Stanford University grads lead after-school runs for Kenyan orphans whose parents have died from AIDS as a way to raise the kids’ self-esteem. Learn how to donate your shoes at

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