Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Shoes - Poor Condition

Shoes for donation should be in good condition for reuse. Consider bringing shoes to a local cobbler to transform your shoes through stretching, cleaning, resoling, polish, and strap/buckle repair/replacement to bring you joy once more.

Poor condition looks different to different folks. Tie or rubber band pairs of shoes so they stay together and donate them for possible reuse or recycling.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Goodwill San Francisco Bay Reuse Free Drop-off Clean and dry
Instant Shoe Care 415 S Shore Center Alameda Repair Drop-off for a Fee Shoe repair. and restoration. deep cleaning, repair pull sting, spot repaint, high end sneakers, Uggs, heels, boots.
Next Step 902 San Pablo Ave Albany Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Model Shoe Renew 1934 Shattuck Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee Services include cleaning and repair of clogs, sneakers, dress shoes, dog damage repair, heel repair, shoe shines, and specialty shoes including Tevas, Red Wing Boots, dance shoes, cowboy boots, walking shoes, Western boots, red bottomed heels, & Birkenstocks
Road Runner Sports (Berkeley) 1326 Tenth St
(behind REI)
Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off running shoes/sneakers only. All heavily used and damaged footwear is recycled to reuse materials or to convert waste into new energy.
Road Runner Sports (Berkeley) 1326 Tenth St
(behind REI)
Berkeley Safe Disposal Free Drop-off running shoes/sneakers only. All heavily used and damaged footwear is recycled to reuse materials or to convert waste into new energy.
Sports Basement (Berkeley) 2727 Milvia St. Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off
Paul's Shoe Repair Services 2281 Shattuck Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Northface Outlet 1238 Fifth St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Accepts Northface apparel and gear only for Renewed processing. See website. Join XPLR Pass™ and when you trade in your old gear, you’ll receive a $10 credit, valid online and in stores*.
Northface Outlet 1238 Fifth St Berkeley Repair Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Accepts Northface apparel and gear only for Renewed processing. See website. Join XPLR Pass™ and when you trade in your old gear, you’ll receive a $10 credit, valid online and in stores*.
Northface Outlet 1238 Fifth St Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Accepts Northface apparel and gear only for Renewed processing. See website. Join XPLR Pass™ and when you trade in your old gear, you’ll receive a $10 credit, valid online and in stores*.
Harry's Shoe Repair 1478 University Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Maselli Brothers Shoe, Leather, Luggage Service & Repair 7911 Brentwood Blvd Brentwood Repair Drop-off for a Fee, Mail-in for a Fee Replace existing heels and soles with like material. Replace soles on casual boots, shoes, Birkenstock, hiking or outdoor shoes, Rockports, Ecco, etc. Orthopedic lifts & elevations. Convert your favorite dress leather shoes to casual shoes, installing lightweight Vibram “Gumlite” soles. v
Project Sole 2156 Chenault Dr Carrollton Recycle Free Drop-off Depending on condition, redistributes or recycles rubber soles as possible
Mel's Shoe Clinic 3366 Village Dr Castro Valley Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Traverso's Work Shoe Headquarters 6743 Dublin Blvd #26 Dublin Repair Drop-off for a Fee
I:CO I:CO Partner local store: H&M Bay Street Emeryville
5630 Bay St
Emeryville Recycle Free Mail-in Informational website. Logistics company for brands wanting to set up textile recycling collection in stores. More than 40 retail partners with bins in stores.
DSW Stores DSW
43530 Christy Street
Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off Donated shoes go into micro-enterprise programs in developing countries around the world. They are sorted and, together with our partners, we determine where they need to be sent to make the most impact. Yes, we do accept single shoes. All styles, types and sizes of shoes, as long as they are gently worn for reuse or they will be recycled.
DSW Stores DSW
43530 Christy Street
Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off Donated shoes go into micro-enterprise programs in developing countries around the world. They are sorted and, together with our partners, we determine where they need to be sent to make the most impact. Yes, we do accept single shoes. All styles, types and sizes of shoes, as long as they are gently worn for reuse or they will be recycled.
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off Free clothing & shoe donation bin

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Garbage Note
Alameda
Unusable condition by others.
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Albany
Unusable condition by others.
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Berkeley
Unusable condition by others.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Unusable condition by others.
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Dublin
Unusable condition by others.
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Emeryville
Unusable condition by others.
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Fremont
Unusable condition by others.
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Hayward
Unusable condition by others.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Unusable condition by others.
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Livermore
Unusable condition by others.
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Newark
Unusable condition by others.
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Oakland
Unusable condition by others.
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Piedmont
Unusable condition by others.
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Pleasanton
Unusable condition by others.
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San Leandro
Unusable condition by others.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Unusable condition by others.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Unusable condition by others.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Unusable condition by others.
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Union City
Unusable condition by others.
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