What happens to the 2 million shoes that are dumped in our bins every week?

Where do they go? What happens to them?

The answer may surprise you.

2 Million shoes are put into landfill every single week in the UK, taking approximately 100 years to biodegrade. Scary isn’t it?

Do you know how many children in the UK are in shoe poverty?

The answer may surprise you.

There are currently 4 million children in the UK wearing shoes that don’t fit them and that are inadequate for their needs. They are wearing shoes with holes letting in the rain. They are wearing shoes with soles so thin, that they might as well not be wearing shoes at all.

These ill-fitting shoes not only cause foot problems in later life, but they can negatively affect their academic and sporting performance or lead to problems with self-esteem, bullying and feelings of isolation.

So, what is Shoe Aid?

The aim of Shoe Aid is simple.

Our aim is to reduce Global Shoe Waste and Shoe Poverty.

How will we do this?

By working alongside Global Footwear Companies, we will ask them to take responsibility for the shoes that they produce. We will persuade them to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility by taking a step forward with Shoe Aid by donating, sponsoring and supporting Shoe Aid’s Work.

What can this achieve?

By working together and holding those responsible to account, we can give the 4 million children in the UK the shoes that they need to be educated, involved in sports or to simply boost their confidence.

By working together, we can provide the 250,000 homeless people in the UK with an adequate pair of shoes on their feet.

By working together, we can help the 1.5 billion people throughout the world without shoes and dying from life threating foot infections.

Shoe Aid has already provided over half a million shoes to people in shoe poverty in the UK and abroad.


The UK has already stepped up to Food Waste.

The UK has already stepped up to Plastic Waste.

It’s time to ‘STEP UP’ to Shoe Waste.


CONTACT lee@shoeaid.com