Let's talk about new shoes.
First up, an organization that is passionate about creating closed toe shoes for children in Africa, Sole Hope. Not only does Sole Hope create shoes, but Sole Hope teaches men and women of Africa this trade as well, and it doesn't stop there. Sole Hope also works with the homeless, unemployed, recovering addicts, and nonprofits right here in Asheville, North Carolina, so people in my community are able to learn a valuable trade.
Moving on to old shoes.
Your closet overflfows with shoes you don't wear. Consider donating to your local Goodwill or to Soles4Souls, a Nashville based charity that collects one pair of shoes every seven seconds.
And now for the ever, popular stinky shoes.
Nike reuses athletic shoes to help create running tracks, pad basketball courts, and provide materials to surface tennis courts. Your athletic shoes don't need to be Nike, and you don't need to send them off in the mail (although you can!). Click here to look for a drop-off location near you.
What about you? How do you creatively get rid of your family's hand-me-downs?