For individuals who only need one shoe, there are many organizations that accept donations of single shoes in good condition and that may be able to assist in locating single shoes as well. There are also certain retailers that offer single shoes for sale. See the lists below to find out how you can donate to and/or benefit from these programs.
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1. Nonprofit Organizations and Exchanges
The nonprofit organizations listed below accept donations of shoes and, in some cases, gifts of money that allow them to continue to benefit people in need. Each listing contains information on how to donate, along with instructions for how to benefit from these organizations if you are looking for shoes. For more information, call the organization or visit their Web site.
|National Odd Shoe Exchange (N.O.S.E.)|
P.O. Box 1120Chandler, AZ 85244-1120
|The National Odd Shoe Exchange (N.O.S.E.) assists people with a variety of conditions and lifestyles. They ship new, quality footwear to children, adults and seniors across the United States and Canada from their distribution center in Arizona.|
If you wish to donate: Donations of all sizes are appreciated. The N.O.S.E. proudly accepts financial contributions from corporations, small businesses, and individuals.
Donations in-kind include footwear (shoes, boots, socks, inserts, laces), office supplies, packaging supplies, promotional items, warehouse equipment and office equipment.
Footwear items must be new, unworn and undamaged. They accept matched pairs, mismatched pairs, singles and bulk footwear items. All styles and sizes are needed.
Please send donations to the address listed to the left.
To receive shoes: Send a brief letter concisely stating your sizes and restrictions. Be sure to include your address.
|Odd Shoe Finder||OddShoeFinder.com is an effort to help people with mismatched feet (or amputees) save money by no longer having to buy two pairs of shoes, and allowing them to sell their own odd shoes.Once you create an account, you can use this site to buy, sell or give away your single shoes or mismatched pairs. They have hundreds of listings in different sizes and styles.|
Donating or selling your unneeded shoes is completely free! There are no charges or fees for listing your shoes, and no commissions to be paid.
To receive shoes: Create an online account and browse through the available options. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then you can register to be notified as soon as someone posts shoes in your exact size. Prices vary. Some are even free!
If you have questions, you can contact them by filling out this online form: oddshoefinder.com/contacts.
2900 Lebanon Road, Suite 210Nashville, TN 37214
|Through the collection and sale of used (and new) clothing and shoes, Soles4Souls helps create self-sustaining jobs that generate desperately needed revenues throughout communities in both the U.S. and developing countries. The sale of donated footwear and apparel to support jobs also provides the majority of funding to sustain Soles4Souls operations and further expand its donations of new shoes and clothing.|
To learn how to donate: Visit soles4souls.org/sign-shoe-or-clothing-drive.
To receive shoes: Call 866/521-7463 or complete this online form: soles4souls.org/contact-us.
2. Retailers Selling Single/Mismatched Shoes
Unlike the organizations above, some for-profit retailers sell single or mismatched shoes, sometimes for a discounted price. Please see below for information about pricing, and how to contact these companies.
|Birkenstock Express Online|
|Birkenstock offers a special discount for people who need only one shoe. Purchase any regularly priced pair of shoes from them and they will discount it 40%. They will donate the shoe you don’t need. This offer does not apply to sale shoes.|
Birkenstock is unable to accept returns or exchanges for single shoe special orders.
|Healthy Feet Store|
7965 Dunbrook Rd., Suite CSan Diego, CA 92126
858/547-8800 from HI, AK or PR
|HealthyFeetStore.com recognizes that custom ordering isn’t for everyone, so they offer a special discount program, unique to their online store, for those ordering pairs of mismatched sizes. This is best for those who have never ordered mismatched sizes before, because these shoes can be exchanged or returned if they don’t fit correctly. Call or email for more information.|
|Nike One Shoe|
|Nike has a small inventory of single shoes at their distribution center in Memphis, TN. Amputees who need only one shoe may call Nike and tell them the size and type of shoe (sandal, tennis shoes, etc.) that they need. This service is free of charge, and they ship to anywhere in the United States.Please expect a 21-day delivery.|
|Nordstrom Single Shoe Service Online|
|Nordstrom offers a single-shoe service on limited styles. You can use their online form to tell them your needs and a customer service specialist will contact you within three business days. Nordstrom will do their best to provide a selection of shoes that may work for you.Single shoes that they have in their warehouse are $26.00 each, plus tax.|
3. Recycle Your Unused Shoes
Do you have shoes that are too worn-out to donate? Nike developed the Reuse-A-Shoe program in the 1990s to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling. The idea is to transform the recycled shoes, along with pre-consumer shoe waste, into Nike Grind – a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces and more. Industry-leading sports and playground surfacing companies use Nike Grind to manufacture high-performance athletic surfaces such as tennis and basketball courts, running tracks, athletic fields and playgrounds. Additionally, Nike has discovered innovative uses for Nike Grind in various footwear and apparel products.
You can drop off athletic shoes of any brand for recycling.* There are two ways you can recycle your shoes through the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program:
- Bring up to 10 pairs of shoes to any Reuse-A-Shoe collection location, which can be found at most Nike and Converse retail stores.
- You can mail your shoes directly to Nike’s recycling Nike cannot pay for shipping costs, and to ensure that the shipping and collection of shoes doesn’t negatively offset the environmental benefit of recycling, they encourage you to drop off your shoes at a collection point if possible.
Nike Recycling Facility:
* Nike is not able to accept sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes, or boots. They also can’t accept shoes containing metal such as cleats or spikes.
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