Shoe Life Cycle

Where do all the shoes come from?

We have a close relationship with the running community as many of the shoes we distribute are donated by recreational and/or competitive runners. Runners typically retire their shoes after several hundred kilometers of training and/or racing as the cushioning wears out and puts them at risk of injury. However, these shoes are still very useful for our clients to walk around in.

We collect shoes at Vancouver area running events. We collected shoes at the Vancouver Sun Run in 2013 and are doing so again this year.

We also receive shoes from several local companies. Mountain Equipment Co-op donates customer return as well as dead-stock shoes. The Quick Cobbler collects shoes from their customers and donates them to us through their Homeless Shoes Program.

The shoe collection side of our project is know as ShoeRenu. By donating your used shoes you’re helping someone in need and getting the most out of the shoes before they go to the landfill.

Please see our Drop-Off Locations page to see where you can take your shoes to donate them. If you have a large quantity of shoes that’s not convenient for you to transport, we can arrange for them to be picked up. Please go to the contact page and email us with your request.

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