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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
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.
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).
Sole Supremacy 5904 Newpark Plaza Newark Reuse Buyback Drop-off, Buyback Mail-in Authentic sneakers like Air Jordans, Nike, Adidas, etc. See Worn collection - buy/sell/trade. WE GO THROUGH A METICULOUS, DEEP CLEANING PROCESS WITH EACH WORN PAIR. THIS INCLUDES THE REMOVAL OF DIRT, GRIME, LINT AND HAIR. WE CLEAN THE INSIDE, OUTSIDE, AND SOLES OF EVERY PAIR AS BEST AS POSSIBLE. ALL PAIRS COME IN ORIGINAL BOX UNLESS STATED. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO BE TRANSPARENT WITH ANY FLAWS TO THE SHOES OR BOX.
Recycle for Change 1081 Essex Ave Richmond Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
7-G Recycling 1180 Ames Ave Milpitaas Reuse Free Drop-off Contact them to find a business that hosts a drop-off bin, or hold a collection event.
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off Free clothing & shoe donation bin
EkoLinq 4300 Black Ave
#5486
Pleasanton Reuse Free Pick-up
7-G Recycling 1180 Ames Ave Milpitaas Reuse Free Drop-off
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).
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*.
Goodwill San Francisco Bay Reuse Free Drop-off Clean and dry
Recycle Re Fashion Oakland Reuse Free Mail-in Online circularity maps for textile and shoe recycling to connect manufacturers, recyclers, waste haulers, and thrifts by textile material.
Nick's Shoe Repair 747 23rd St Richmond 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.
The Cobblery 410 S California Ave Palo Alto Repair Drop-off for a Fee Repairs: Bags, zippers, shoes, leather items
Paul's Shoe Repair Services 2281 Shattuck Ave Berkeley Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Spee-Dee Shoe Repairs 191 Pelton Center Way San Leandro Repair Drop-off for a Fee
Frank's Shoe Repair & Leather Goods 1619 Polk St San Francisco Repair Drop-off for a Fee, Mail-in for a Fee
Right-Way Shoe Repair 5479 College Ave Oakland Repair Drop-off 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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