We currently are only able to accept new or gently used shoes, of any sizes, types, or styles, as long as they are free from mold/mildew.
The shoes you send will be sold to an exporter who then sells shoes to countries to aid in their economic development, while providing affordably priced shoes for those in need. Many of the countries WaterStep serves are also areas where your shoes will be sent.
Better quality shoes mean stronger funding power. We appreciate any help making sure donated shoes are in acceptable, gently-used condition.
- Discard any shoes that are covered in mud, flour or any other substance. Check shoes for visible signs of mold. If mold is found, discard the shoe(s) immediately and check the rest of the bag or box. Mold spreads quickly and will contaminate the entire bag or box.
- Discard any shoes that show signs of extreme wear. This includes holes in shoes, ripped or torn cloth, large cuts in leather, broken straps, and any other type of damage.
- Do not worry if the shoes do not have shoelaces, keep any shoe that is in good condition.
- The soles of the shoes should still have reasonable tread on them. Use your best judgment when evaluating the quality of the sole.
- Soles should be attached firmly and not separated. Check by giving the sole a tug to see if there is any movement. If the sole is loose, discard.
- If the sole is tacky to the touch or if it crumbles when touched, or has holes in the sole, discard.
- If the sole of the shoe shows extreme wear, discard.
- Try to keep shoes together in pairs like tying the shoelaces together or, if possible, slide one shoe into the foot bed of the other. At the very least the pair needs to be included together in the Drop Box.
- Please keep only pairs of shoes. If only one shoe from a pair is found, please discard the single shoe.