How to utilize shoes that you no longer use or want

By aquatic barefoot · Dec 8, 2014 · Updated Dec 9, 2014 ·
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    "...From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." - Matthew 12:48b (NIV)

    One of the great things about being someone who enjoys sneakers is the fact that you will probably have more pairs pass through your hands than the average individual. Those of us who collect have the disposable income to buy more pairs of sneakers than we need. So what should you do with the pair(s) that you no longer use or want?

    There are many options. Some may choose to lose said pair in their closet, only to be rediscovered again. Many more probably attempt to sell or trade them for a pair they do want (which can be a headache in and of itself sometimes). But if you're reading this, hopefully you're considering donating the sneakers to someone who will more than likely appreciate them a ton.

    1) Give the shoes to a homeless person
    I find this option to be the most personally gratifying. On more than one occasion, I've had a pair of shoes that I didn't want ( one time I bought a pair of AM95's back in the day that turned out to be fake [​IMG] ) or have come to the end of their useful life (basketball kicks from a prior season or whatever). Just because I can't use/don't want them, doesn't mean someone else can't. I remember seeing a homeless dude on my way to work one day. I asked him what size he was, and offered him the shoes. His eyes lit up as he thanked me. Even though they were fake, the shoes will serve him better than had I thrown them into the trash. With the rise of the gray market, variants, factory seconds, or whatever euphemisms for fake shoes people are using these days, this may become a positive use for them.

    2) Donate the shoes to Goodwill or The Salvation Army
    This is the route I go most often. These stores have seen more activity in recent years, as the economy has stiffened and more people find themselves trying to stretch every dollar. They provide a great service: individuals who have gently used (sometimes even new) items have a place to give them, making them available for people who would normally not be able to afford them. I've personally seen people get pumped at a rare find gathered from here or any other thrift store. Those who don't have much often have few options when it comes time to shop for clothes, shoes, or any household items.

    3) Selling the shoes to a second hand store or consignment shop
    Not reffering to Flight Club or Soled Out here, more like Plato's Closet or Once Upon a Child. I have sold some items to these shops in the past, albeit they were not sneakers. I mention "selling" them to these type of stores because you are knowingly taking a "loss" on the item (usually recoup 20 cents on the dollar). In other words, you won't be making any profit selling your unwanted kicks to these establishments, because it goes against their business model and entire premise. But it is another way to brighten the day of someone who probably can't afford to shop at a 1st hand store.

    Hopefully this will be useful. Thanks for reading.

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