School has started, all the children have new shoes, and now what to do with the old ones? All of us have old athletic shoes kicking around. The following organizations will take your cast-offs, no questions asked:
Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Program: see NikeBetterWorld.com. (turns athletic shoe soles into Nike Grind, which is used for resurfacing playing fields). Chicago collection locations at Nike stores: Nike Chicago at 669 N. Michigan and Nike Bucktown 1640 N. Damen Ave. Shoes can also be mailed to Nike.
ShareYourSoles.org (disinfects shoes and donates nationally and internationally). Drop off at Running Right, 661 Central Ave, Highland Park; or Runners Edge, 335 Ridge Rd., Wilmette
SWALCO shoe recycling program. Drop off up to 15 pairs of shoes (no winter boots please) at local racquet clubs including Five Seasons Sports Club, Glenbrook Racquet Club, North Shore Racquet Club and Northbrook Racquet Club, all located in Northbrook.