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Athletic Shoe Recycling

If your old shoes are beyond repair, give them a useful second life.

Usable shoes can be taken to locations in our Clothing Reuse page.

Handling Instructions

Only athletic shoes without any metal can be accepted. No dress shoes, shoes with cleats, or wet or damp shoes will be accepted.

Reuse-A-Shoe Program

Through its Reuse-A-Shoe Program, Nike collects athletic shoes of any kind and any brand and grinds them up to recover their materials. Nike then donates these materials to communities around the world:

  • Ground rubber from the outsole is used for soccer, football, and baseball fields, as well as weight room flooring
  • Ground foam from the midsole is used for synthetic basketball courts, tennis courts, and playground surface tiles
  • Fabric from the upper portion of the shoes is used as padding for use under hardwood basketball floors

If you have information about other shoe recycling programs, please contact us so we can include it here.

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