Soles4Souls:  Your running shoes go further

REI Co-op is partnering with Soles4Souls, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to turning unwanted footwear and clothing into opportunity by providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty. Learn how to donate your gently used shoes

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Soles4Souls FAQs

    • REI is partnering with Soles4Souls to take your donated shoes and put them to good use. Soles4Souls is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to turning unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use - providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. Through Soles4Souls’ microenterprise program, your gently used shoes help in three ways: 

      • Create Opportunity: Gently used shoes you donate get funneled to developing countries, where people start small businesses to sell them. 

      • Generate income: By selling shoes, these small business owners have money to provide for their family—and people who need shoes the most get them at a price they can afford.

      • Protect the environment: By repurposing discarded shoes and clothing, you keep them out of landfills and help promote sustainability.

    • We accept all styles, types and sizes of shoes, as long as they are gently worn!

    • Connect with an REI Green Vest in the footwear department to donate your gently used shoes and get more information about this program.

    • As many as you can!

    • We can accept any size shoes, from kids all the way up to the largest adult sizes.

    • Anyone can come to drop off their gently used shoes. 

    • REI is testing this new program in 12 REI locations throughout California, Georgia and Texas.

    • California

      • REI Berkeley store, REI Concord store, REI Dublin store, REI Fremont store, REI Mountain View store, REI Saratoga store 

    • Georgia

      • REI Atlanta store, REI Kennesaw store, REI Alpharetta store

    • Texas

      • REI Austin Downtown store, REI Austin Gateway store

    • All of the shoes will go into Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs in developing countries around the world. These programs serve as long-term opportunities to break the cycle of poverty for those in need. When the shoes arrive, they are sorted and, together with their partners, Soles4Souls determines where they need to be sent to make the most impact. 

    • There aren’t many shoes that get thrown out because REI and Soles4Souls prefers gently used shoes. Soles4Souls can find a good use for 99% of shoes donated. For those that cannot be reused, Soles4Souls will send those items to Covanta to be used as fuel for WTE.