Growing up it was an August ritual to go shopping for new school shoes, and the habit has kinda stuck because end of summer is my favorite time to shop for shoes. But, like many women, I’m also guilty of having an already full closet of shoes, some of which are rarely worn, and in fact, I found out that Americans (men and woman) have about 1.5 billion shoes that they never wear!
So this year I’ve decided to give up a few of my rarely used kicks in hopes that someone else will put them to good use. An organization doing a really fantastic job of collecting and distributing new and gently worn shoes is Soles4Souls, a non-profit whose mission is to give the gift of shoes to people in need both in the U.S. and abroad.
They’ve made it easy to donate, too, by partnering with large and small businesses across the country. You can find a participating donation center just by entering your zip code on their website, or you can even host a shoe drive at your school if you want to get others involved in your altruistic endeavor.
From disaster relief to homeless shelters, summer camps for disadvantaged children and orphanages, there are millions of people across the globe in need of shoes, and this is just one small way that we can help. So, goodbye, cute pink running shoes circa 2001 (and not-so-cute old school orange Pumas)- here’s hoping you make some other feet happy.