Recycling My Running Shoes

Does anyone else hoard their running shoes? I keep them around forever and use them as my already-gross-don’t-care-if-they-get-any-grosser shoes.

After writing in a previous post about what to do with materials that are no longer usable to someone else, I learned about Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program that turns your completely destroyed shoes into Nike Grind materials for floor surfaces and new products.

nike recycle

Last week I popped over to our local Nike running store and dropped off one of my oldest pairs of running shoes. They have no cushion left and the heels are all torn up inside.  No one is going to want those, but Nike does, and they will give your Sole Mates a second life.


  1. This is great! I had no idea this program existed. When we get new running shoes, the old ones become gardening/yard work shoes until they wear out. We have a whole collection of “dead” gardening shoes that will be going to recycling this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Love this! You’re so right about a tendency to hoard running shoes lol. Glad to finally have a place to take my worn-out shoes. Thanks for the tip!

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