My 33 pairs of Shoes

Shoes: Recycling and Reusing

The average American man owns 12 pairs of shoes and the average American woman owns 27 pairs, according to the Center for the New American Dream in 2013. Unfortunately, I found I am above average – I own 33 pairs of shoes. I tend to hold on to shoes for decades. I made this episode so I could confirm that there are great options for recycling shoes that are no longer wearable.

You can listen to my podcast episode on shoe recycling and reusing in this YouTube video. It originally aired in February 2018.

If you need suggestions on decluttering your shoes, I recommend the podcast “The Art of Decluttering” episode 58 on shoes.

If you are someone who needs only one shoe for different sized shoes, check out the National Odd Shoe Exchange or Shoewap.

Organizations Which Recycle and Reuse Shoes

MORE Foundation

Planet Aid


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Nike Grind

Does your Nike store gather worn out running shoes?

DIY Projects to Reuse Shoes

Purchase slippers made from denim jeans.

Artists Who Creatively Reuse Shoes

Kim Danio

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Ocean Sole

Chiharu Shiota

Tyree Guyton

Hwang Ji-Hae

Elina Chauvet

Sakir Gökcebag

Noemi Lakmaier

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Noah Scalin

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