Hiking and running season is here, but not every one can afford a good quality pair of athletic shoes. In keeping with the Earth Day theme of re-purposing and making environmentally conscious choices, Stride & Glide Sports is holding its first ever ‘Free Shoe Day’.
On Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, the community is invited to the Centre for Learning Alternatives; in the old John McInnis School.
Stride & Glide Sports has been collecting lightly-worn athletic shoes for several years. The business is hoping to get over 500 pairs back out into the community to those who need them.
Mostly adult shoe sizes are available, but there is a small collection of children’s shoes – – perfect for the next school year.
“There are definitely people in the community who need help with things like that,” says the Co-owner of Stride & Glide Sports, Tuppy Hoehn. “We have always had our customers drop their shoes off here, and often when when they come to get new shoes they will leave their old ones with us. Those shoes still have life to them. So rather than leaving them in the closet to get dusty or throwing them in the landfill, we would love to give them a second life with a new runner.”