While it is usually quite easy to donate, sell 要么 give away baby shoes since they usually are outgrown long before they show any real wear, an alternative is to use them as a unique growth chart ([tutorial](http://www.bddesignblog.com/2013/05/tiny-shoes-growth-chart-tutorial.html)). It's a great way to showcase how your child has grown while also preserving some of those special memories when the child was a baby and it's sure to get a lot of compliments from anyone who visits your house.
A pair of old shoes can be a perfect place to hide money in your house as it isn't a place that a burglar would typically look for cash. There are a number of ways that you can do this. You can hollow out the sole of the shoe which is a way that people sometimes try to [smuggle cell phones into prison](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1273197/How-smuggled-mobile-phones-used-prisoners-commit-crimes-cells.html), 要么 you can make a pocket in the siding of the shoe to place the cash in. Just be sure that anyone else living with you knows that this is where the money is hidden so that they don't accidentally throw it out 要么 [donate it to charity](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234928/Man-gives-away-life-savings-old-shoe-unaware-wife-hid-3-300-inside.html).
Nike runs a program called [Reuse A Shoe](http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/better-world/stories/2013/05/reuse-a-shoe) where they take athletic shoes of any brand and grind down the material in the shoes to use to make surfaces for tennis courts, turf fields, tracks, etc. You can take your old athletic shoes to any Nike 要么 Converse shop, 要么 mail them directly to the recycling center:
Kids will often outgrow their shoes before they are completely worn out. If there is still life in a pair of shoes that you will no longer be able to use due to size, don't throw them out. You can donate lightly worn shoes to [soles4souls.org](http://soles4souls.org/) where they will be given to people in need of shoes.
If you are looking for a unique addition to your yard, you can upcycle old shoes soles into stepping stones ([tutorial](http://outdoormama1.blogspot.com/2010/07/recycle-your-old-shoes-into-homemade.html)). Shoes make for perfect stepping stones since they point the person walking in the exact direction they should be heading. it's a simple, yet creative, way to reuse old shoes while adding something special to your yard.
For the ladies out there, an pair of nice heals that no longer can be worn may make the perfect ring holder ([tutorial](http://thetoastedcoconut.blogspot.com/2011/04/ring-holder-tutorial.html)). When you really think about it, is there really a better place to keep your rings than in a pair of shoes that you loved?