If you play tennis like me or engage in any kind of exercise, you can easily end up with extra pairs of tennis shoes in various states of disrepair in your closet.
For my part, I have to be careful about wearing good shoes because of the pounding that my knees, hips and back take during tennis. I can’t overuse my tennis shoes without risking injury. In fact, my back and hips tell me when I need to change shoes; they start hurting after I play. After about two months, even though the shoes look and feel terrific, I need to make a change.
What then, am I to do with the tennis shoes that, like rabbits, seem to be multiplying on the floor of my closet?
I try to give each pair a special function. I have a pair for walking on muddy trails (they look terrible), another pair to wear to town when I shop for groceries (they still look pretty good), a spare pair in the trunk of the car (just in case I need them) and another good-looking pair to use when I travel and want to be comfortable.
But alas, at this point, my imagination fails me. What should I do with the rest? They are too good to throw away but not cushioned enough to wear on the tennis court.
Along comes solutions that I’m eager to share with you. Athletes in Africa and Latin America are looking for gently used shoes. To donate nearly new athletic shoes to this group, go to www.oneworldrunning.com. Worn-out shoes that are beyond salvaging can be donated and recycled into material used for athletic flooring. Go to www.nikereuseashoe.com for more information.
Aren’t those two great solutions? Do you have any tennis shoes to donate?