When you think of shoes, you probably think about the hundreds that you could buy with a little extra money, but the thought of the many that you rarely wear does not even cross your mind. Sometimes we buy shoes thinking they will go with this, that, and that outfit. Or we may guilt ourselves into buying shoes we never intend to wear. I tend to buy shoes with a purpose of wearing them until they are all out of breath. Growing up I was allowed one new pair of shoes each school year with a budget of $40.
This makes me think about donating my old shoes. I typically do this about once every two years and it helps to know that my shoes might be better served by someone else. Have you ever thought of donating, or trading in a pair of old shoes? This past couple of weeks, I have stumbled upon numerous signs asking people to trade in their old shoes or donate an old pair. One article even asks people to trade in an old pair of shoes for a cup of coffee.
You may not want a cup of coffee, but it is a way to get people to do stuff they normally would not do. If you have places like Goodwill or Salvation Army around you, then you can easily donate extra things you have lying around. There was an article dedicated to homeless men and women receiving shoes. This may sound like something so trivial and irrelevant to some, but it really puts things into perspectives. Now what would you trade in an old pair of shoes for?