Why Shoes?

A shoe drive campaign is one of the best fundraising ideas you can have! Here are two more reasons why – in addition to helping you raise money in a fun, easy and turnkey way:

The Environment


Every year in the United States alone, over 600 million shoes end up in landfills across the country. This is a serious environmental hazard for various reasons:

  • Shoes are comprised of dozens of parts, which are stitched and glued together.
  • These multiple parts mean that shoes can take tens of decades to decompose fully. A single shoe can completely disintegrate in as many as 80 to 100 years!
  • As individual shoe parts begin to decompose, they emit toxins into the air. These poisonous substances are hazardous to air quality, breathing and health.
It’s easy to understand why a shoe drive fundraiser is a socially responsible way for you and your community to raise money and help lower our collective carbon footprint.

Micro-Entrepreneurs in Developing Nations


Millions of children grow up around the world suffering the effects of systemic poverty simply because of the country where they were born. At Shoes With Heart we believe no child or person should ever lack economic opportunity simply because of the nation of his or her birth.

When you sponsor a shoe drive campaign with Shoes With Heart, you become part of the network of hope for thousands of micro-entrepreneurs in 25 developing countries. Our partners around the world purchase the shoes collected in your shoe drive, often on credit and for pennies on the dollar. They repair, clean and then sell the re-purposed shoes in their local communities for a profit for themselves and their families!

The gently worn, used and new shoes you collect during your campaign become inventory for micro-entrepreneurs so they can develop and grow their own businesses for themselves and their families.

“Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day.
Teach him to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”

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