A Guide To Shoe Donation – Samaritan’s Feet International

Why Donate Old Shoes?

Most people throw away their used sneakers every 125-200 days without ever thinking of recycling them. Donating sneakers helps you clean out your closet, protect the environment, and support a non-profit. It may be time to donate your sneakers when you still have several in your closet, but you just got new ones, or simply have a pile you don’t wear anymore. When you donate sneakers, you help create a sustainable program. 

What Should You Do With Old Shoes?

Whether your shoes are no longer reusable or you simply do not want them anymore, there are several options for getting rid of unwanted shoes.

Recycle: When Your Shoes Might Not be Reusable

Unfortunately, there are shoes that are not eligible for donation. Not all shoes can get reused as-is, as some are just too worn down. However, you can still recycle your shoes when the textile components of your old footwear can be used to make something else. For example, heavily used footwear is recycled to reuse materials or convert to new energy sources. Learn more about shoe recycling

Donate: When Your Shoes are Still Wearable

If the shoes are still wearable, a great way to repurpose them is to give them to someone else who will wear them. By donating your shoes, you are providing hope and an opportunity for a better life to those in need. There are many organizations where you can donate your shoes, both locally and internationally, including Samaritan’s Feet. The simplest advice is to donate used shoes.

Where to Donate Shoes

Do you want to donate shoes but not sure where to donate them? Samaritan’s Feet makes it easy to get started.

Ship your Shoes to Samaritan's Feet

Samaritan’s Feet has a shipping method where you can easily donate shoes to us. Donating your shoes to a non-profit can send shoes to places and people further and farther, even internationally. Your generosity will be expanded when you donate your used shoes. You don’t even have to pay for postage or bags, just sign up using the button below and you’ll receive everything you need in the mail.

Organize Your Own Shoe Drive!

When you host a shoe drive, you’re helping the environment, yourself by cleaning out your closet, and others because your shoes will be given to those in need. Shoe drives are an easy way to help those in need. Learn more about shoe drives.

Want to Do More?

You can go beyond simply donating your shoes by learning more and taking one of these next action steps:

Encourage Friends and Family to Donate As Well

If any of your friends or family are contemplating throwing away any old shoes, suggest they donate their shoes instead. By sharing the importance of shoe donations to those close to you, it will encourage others to donate their used footwear to help those in need. If their shoes are too worn out to be used by anyone else, recycling their shoes will still help prevent unnecessary waste.

Sponsor a Distribution

Shoe Distributions are the heart of Samaritan’s Feet—it’s where hope and a new pair of shoes is given to those in need. Our sponsors help make these events possible. Learn more about how to sponsor a shoe distribution

Volunteer at a Distribution Center

Even if you do not have any shoes to donate, you can always consider donating your time to Samaritan’s Feet. You can help process and prepare shoes that will be shipped around the world at the Samaritan’s Feet International Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Learn more about how to volunteer at a distribution.

Samaritan's Feet: How We Help

Samaritan’s Feet is a humanitarian aid organization that serves and inspires hope by providing shoes to those in need around the world. Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have served more than 9 million people across 109 countries and 530 U.S. cities. Samaritan’s Feet believes that a new pair of shoes and the act of foot-washing can provide a tangible foundation of hope and the opportunity for a better life, prompt children to focus in school and families not to worry, and protect feet to decrease the possibility of getting a foot-borne disease.