Places To Donate Orthopedic Shoes

Hi everyone. The subject of where to donate used orthopedic shoes recently came up. It’s time for an update. Thank you, Robert! Ranging from helping a veteran to cleaning our planet, there are a variety of nonprofits available to assist you. Here are some places to donate orthopedic shoes:


From their website: “Turning shoes and clothes donations into a micro-enterprise model while providing low-income entrepreneurs a way to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Every shoe you donate to this Nashville-based nonprofit is sold to provide funds for education, housing, and other needs for those living in poverty. One shoe equals one dollar.

Operated worldwide in partnership with Zappos. Click on the below link to be taken to their website.


Taken from their Gripping Blog: ‘Tips and Kicks From Shoes For Crews’
“Here’s some helpful information about some of the largest shoe donation organizations in the U.S. so you can decide where you’ll be sending your old footwear:”

Some organizations include Shoeman Water Projects (operating in Kenya, Haiti and South America), Old Word Running (Boulder, CO-based), Donate Your Old Shoes, The Shoe Bank (Dallas, TX-based), and Green Sneakers (run by Crown Ministry Group) – helps reduce landfill by recycling shoes.

I understand that the Shoe Bank in Dallas, TX has closed since the Gripping Blog post was written. Management is working on new directions.

For more information about donating your orthopedic shoes, visit:

For more information about their company, visit:

The Canadian Shoe Charity

From their website: “Our mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to a decent pair of shoes.
Shoe Bank Canada collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need across Canada through food banks and other social agencies in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs.”

This nonprofit collects gently used shoes of all types and sizes – including orthopedic shoes. They make it as convenient as possible for all donors.

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

This is an online donation site that helps you find the appropriate nonprofit places to donate your orthopedic shoes. They even pickup!

Charities they deal with include: Vietnam Veterans of America, Habitat for Humanity, Human Society, and many more.

Visit their website for more information:


The Y’s mission statement taken from their website: “The YMCA is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. It is about the coming together of community spirit.”

Since every YMCA differs, I am offering this as a recommendation due to my local branch being involved with used shoe donations. There is a collection bin conveniently located by the front entrance.

Shoes are collected, shipped to the involved nonprofit, and sold. Funds are used to plant trees, start micro-enterprises, and other appropriate ventures.

Shoe collection bins seem to be rotated among various nonprofits. Shoes have been collected and shipped to overseas nonprofits who in turn provide footwear to those in need.

I recommend contacting your local YMCA for further information.

That’s about it for now. The next time you outwear a pair of orthopedic shoes, remember the less fortunate. Stop throwing your shoes out and put them to good use. Someone, somewhere will benefit from your generousity.

Thank you and Good luck!

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Finding The Right Shoe

While in the market for some new shoes (an unavoidable task, in my opinion.. 🙁 )…I came upon this informative article located on the WebMD site. I thought I’d share it with my readers. Enjoy! You can read the entire article at:

Foot problems: Finding the right shoes
Footwear plays a large role in the development as well as the prevention of foot and toe problems such as bunions, calluses and corns, and hammer, claw, and mallet toes. Shoes that don’t fit properly make these conditions worse and more painful.

Key points:
A comfortable, well-fitted shoe offers you the best chance of:
* Relieving pain in the foot or toe that is caused by a deformity or joint problem.
* Preventing a foot or toe problem from developing or getting worse.
* Preventing a toe joint problem from returning after corrective surgery.

Before shopping for shoes for your foot problem, ask your foot health professional for recommendations.

For some people, the only acceptable option is a sandal or athletic shoe that doesn’t rub on an existing bunion, callus or corn, or hammer, claw, or mallet toe. But most people will be able to find a shoe that causes little or no pain and allows them to function. Before shopping for new footwear, ask your foot health professional for recommendations specific to your needs.

Consider the following when shopping for footwear:
* Try on shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest due to normal swelling.
* If you have shoe inserts or orthotics, bring them with you to test them out in various shoes.
* Shoe size, especially width, may change with age. Having both feet measured ensures a good fit and identifies which foot is larger. Fit your shoes according to how the larger foot feels in the shoe.

* Stand during the fitting process to get an accurate sense of the fit.
* Walk around the store to make sure that the shoe fit feels right.
* If a shoe feels right but isn’t your normal size, pay attention to how it feels. Ignore shoe size.
* You should not have to “break in” shoes if they fit properly.
* If a particular shoe fits snugly, the clerk may be able to stretch the shoe for a better fit.

When shopping for the right fit, look for:
* A low heel. Avoid high-heeled, narrow, or pointed-toe shoes. High-heeled shoes increase pressure on the front of the foot and on the toe joints. If you cannot avoid wearing pumps or high-heeled shoes, choose shoes with heels that are no more than 2in. high.

* A wide and deep toe box (the area that surrounds the toes). There should be about 0.5in. of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. You should be able to wiggle your toes in your shoes.

* A rigid yet cushioned heel counter that keeps your foot from slipping out of the shoe.
* A flexible sole that allows your toes to bend as you walk.
* A shoe that allows the ball of your foot to fit snugly into the widest part of the shoe.
* A lace-up shoe rather than a slip-on shoe. Athletic shoes are a good choice.
* Shoes that breathe when your feet sweat. Avoid plastic or vinyl shoes.
* Shoes that do not have seams that may rub against or irritate the skin over your foot problem.

At home:
* Wear sandals or soft-leather flat shoes or slippers, or buy an inexpensive pair of cloth shoes and cut a hole over the affected joint.

* Go barefoot as much as possible (or just wear a sock) unless you have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease or other conditions that decrease the feeling in your feet. People who have these conditions and have limited or no sensation in their feet are encouraged not to go barefoot because unnoticed injuries to their feet are more likely to become infected.