The Shoe Bank

shoebank1The Shoe Bank had just one goal when it was founded in 1989 – to put comfortable shoes on a few hundred homeless men living on the streets in downtown Dallas. The program today provides shoes for twenty-five thousand people every year – primarily children, both here and abroad.

Here’s how it works. Good used children’s shoes, men’s and women’s athletic shoes, and men’s dress shoes can be donated at schools, athletic facilities, and retail stores displaying Shoe Bank depositories. The shoes are carefully inspected and then delivered to one of the Shoe Bank’s local or international partners for distribution.

In the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, shoes are distributed to people in need through homeless shelters, shelters for battered women and their children, refugee service organizations, and hospitals. Worldwide, the Shoe Bank works, not with the largest, but with the most reliable international relief organizations to get shoes safely delivered and distributed to children in those places where the most critical needs exist.

Every year, thousands of children in countries around the world receive shoes only because kids from the Dallas area take advantage of an opportunity to give through the Shoe Bank. Our children help make an important relief effort possible – and we fulfill an equally important mission by teaching them to care for those less fortunate.


U.S. Army Captain Ann Collier collected shoes from the service men and women she’s stationed with in Iraq and then shipped them home to the Shoe Bank for distribution. Some of these shoes were then shipped to an Air Force Sargeant in Afghanistan and given, as a gesture of goodwill, to the locals who were helping to build her base.

Mike with The Shoe Bank's Board of Directors at the city of Allen's 2014 Great American Cleanup.
Mike with The Shoe Bank’s Board of Directors at the city of Allen’s 2014 Great American Cleanup.
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The Shoe Bank is the official charity of the Arlington Turkey Trot.
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The Shoe Bank has been endorsed by both the International Racquet Sports Association and the Association for Fitness in Business.

For more information or for the drop-off location nearest you,
contact Mike Barringer at:

The Shoe Bank
Phone/Fax: (972) 771-7658