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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
ReUse A Shoe NikeGrind Drop-off (San Leandro) 1247 Marina Blvd
Converse Factory Store (Marina Square Center)
San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off sneakers in poor condition. to be recycled. do not donate sneakers in good condition. donate for reuse instead elsewhere.
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).
Sports Basement (Redwood City) 202 Walnut St Redwood City Recycle Free Drop-off
Project Sole 2156 Chenault Dr Carrollton Recycle Free Drop-off Depending on condition, redistributes or recycles rubber soles as possible
Sports Basement (SF Stonestown) 3251 20th Ave
Suite 390
San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Recycle for Change (Angel Wash House) 5205 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
Sports Basement (SF Bryant St) 1590 Bryant St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Sports Basement (San Ramon) 1041 Market Place San Ramon Recycle Free Drop-off
Recycle for Change (B&J Burgers) 6202 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
Sports Basement (SF Presidio) 610 Old Mason St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
TranSports 6014 College Ave. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off very poor condition running shoes for recycling collection
Nike 278 Post St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program. Drop-off at customer service on the 5th floor. Can drop-off up to ten pairs of any brand athletic shoe at a time. Nike is unable to recycle sandals, dress shoes, boots, or shoes with metal (like cleats or spikes).
Sports Basement (Walnut Creek) 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd Walnut Creek Recycle Free Drop-off
Recycle for Change (MLK Middle School) 350 Girard St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
On The Run 1310 Ninth Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off On The Run can only accept a small quantity of gently used athletic or walking shoes as there is a space constraint in the store. The shoes will eventually be donated to charities.
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
A-1 Shoe Repair 5409 Central Ave # 16 Newark Repair Drop-off for a Fee
The Hood Cobbler 38th St Oakland Repair Pick-up for a Fee Specializes in sneakers. Full sole reglue, deep cleaning, touch ups, midsole repaint, un-yellowing of soles, suede deep cleaning, designer shoes deep clean, sole icing. Discount for quantity.
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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