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
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.
Ike's Shoe & Luggage Repair 3311 Lakeshore Ave Oakland 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.
Harry's Shoe Repair 1478 University Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Landfill Pick-up for a Fee
Got Sneakers 6250 NW 35th Ave Miami Recycle Buyback Mail-in Sneakers/running shoes only. Depending on condition, paired shoes get reused, recycled, or waste to energy (individual shoes).
Got Sneakers 6250 NW 35th Ave Miami Safe Disposal Buyback Mail-in Sneakers/running shoes only. Depending on condition, paired shoes get reused, recycled, or waste to energy (individual shoes).
Got Sneakers 6250 NW 35th Ave Miami Reuse Buyback Mail-in Sneakers/running shoes only. Depending on condition, paired shoes get reused, recycled, or waste to energy (individual shoes).
Goodwill San Francisco Bay Reuse Free Drop-off Clean and dry
Fruitvale Shoe Repair 1465 Fruitvale Ave Oakland Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off Free clothing & shoe donation bin
Frank's Shoe Repair & Leather Goods 1619 Polk St San Francisco Repair Drop-off for a Fee, Mail-in for a Fee
EkoLinq 4300 Black Ave
#5486
Pleasanton Reuse Free Pick-up
EkoLinq 4300 Black Ave
#5486
Pleasanton Recycle Free Pick-up
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.
Converse Clearance Store (San Leandro) 1247 Marina Blvd San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off athletic shoes in poor condition for recycling
Chaco Sandals Repair Program ReChacoFactory Rockford Repair Mail-in for a Fee Resole, replace certain straps (Z versions), unstick straps, shorten straps and replace buckles on Chacos sandals for a fee.
BJ's Shoes Repair & Luggage 414 12th St Oakland Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Birkenstock Shoe Repair Locator 100 Wood Hollow Drive
Headquarters
Novato Repair Free Mail-in Use online tool to find shoe repair shops that specialize in Birkenstocks. Repairs will be for a fee.

Curbside Service

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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