After several years of wearing tennis shoes, there are many reasons for you not to use your shoes anymore, because they are torn, too old, or simply out of time. Many people may wonder what they could do with worn-out shoes besides throwing them away? Are shoes still usable? Can we take advantage of them?
If this question ever came to your mind, you probably go to the right place! Let’s discover some ways to recycle your old tennis shoes.
The quick answer is simple: donate them to charity! Many organizations around the world collect unsaleable clothing and sneakers and sell them in order to benefit disadvantaged communities in need.
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Give away to your friends
If you are not in a position to donate but you are in need of something good to wear, perhaps your friends can help you out. Ask around! You never know who might be looking to get rid of their old shoes, or when they might find out that you have some for them.
Sell on eBay
eBay is probably the easiest way to sell your sneakers. I have had great success on eBay, but it does take a bit of time. I generally post at least one or two ads per week. The first one should be a general post including the type of shoe in question – if you have a large collection of tennis shoes, try listing them in categories – and I generally start at a price level that is somewhat in the middle of the range.
Sell on Craigslist
Craigslist is a decent place to sell your shoes. It does have its drawbacks, though. I have seen people get scammed on Craigslist, and I would recommend that you meet in a public place (Starbucks, library…) and hold onto the cash until you’re certain that the shoes are all yours. In general, though, Craigslist is a pretty safe place to sell. I have been very successful selling my old shoes on this site.
You have to be careful about it being too broad, though! I have found that sticking with a specific region or a specific set of criteria has been really helpful when selling on Craigslist.
Creativity Method: Turn Old Shoes Into Flower Pots
Instead of throwing them in the trash, think about how to plant flowers on those pretty shoes. Tiny, colorful flowers planted in your shoe garden will create a unique flower world with your style.
First, dig up the soil to make it lose, and then put it in your shoes, sow the seeds of your favorite plants, flowers, or branches. Take care of them with a small amount of water every day, and slowly feel the growth of these sprouts. I am sure that every time you are tired, this will help you relax your mind and feel more interested in life.
To avoid water stagnation, before planting, you should punch a small hole in the bottom of the shoe so that water can drain every time you water.
One of the advantages of shoes is that you can put them anywhere you want. With the lightweight, you will move them anywhere you like, from the balcony to the fence or the corner of the yard. Thus, there is no need to spend extra money to buy potted plants, so you will still have a pretty beautiful and unique-looking garden of its own.
Attention: You should only plant with lovely small plants which are proportional to your pair to avoid crowding and making it difficult for the tree to grow.
In Doubt, Donate Your Shoes To Needed People
Old stuff to you does not mean that it is old to someone else. Some kids still do not have enough money to buy food, let alone shoes. There are lots of people who need a pair of shoes. If your tennis shoes are just out of fashion or not in bad shape, they definitely can be donated. Not only will the received people be thankful for the gift, but you also feel blessed and happy that you did some good things for this world.
You could search on the internet and find many donation firms and organizations that receive donations and deliver them to people in need. There are various reliable and well-known organizations that you could trust. Or you could send your old tennis shoes to someone who requires them that you know.
Reuse The Tennis Shoes
This one depends on the condition of the shoes. If your tennis shoes still retain shape and all the components, do not throw them away and use them for less professional usage like running or training.
For example, you could use them to walk to the supermarket in the afternoon or do other activities that do not require you to dress sharp.
Besides that, you could also keep old shoes as a backup plan for rainy days when the streets are filled with moisture and you could not find your rain boots. Cleaning shoes is a challenging and exhausting task, so you will feel thankful that you kept your old pair!
Send Them To The Recycling Program
If your tennis shoes cannot be fixed, you should donate them to a recycling center. Keep in mind that tennis shoes are compostable! Shoes are environmentally friendly and give you the option of not wasting them by allowing you to recycle your shoes.
You could search for programs or locations that accept sneakers for recycling. For example, Nike, which provides Nike Grind, is one of the most well-known and trusted recycling organizations.
You do not need to sign up for anything. All you need to do is bring your old sneakers to any of their stores and tell them you want to recycle them. The stores accept shoes of any brand and use them for a variety of purposes as building tracks, playgrounds, and basketball courts.