How can I reuse or recycle ballet shoes and pointe shoes?

En pointe shoesWe’ve had an email from Flannery, saying:

i would like to suggest : pointe shoes.
i have ten trillion old ones and they’re just hanging around

We’ve already covered shoes in general, Crocs and high-heeled shoes – so there maybe some suggests that’ll apply to these shoes too.

Flannery’s “ten trillion” of them suggests they’ve been worn as much as they can/should be so giving them to, say, beginners or other dancers might not be an option. I suspect like with high-heels and other “pretty” shoes though, they might lend themselves to crafts, especially if they’re “shabby chic” slightly scruffy rather than completely trashed. A display like the one in the picture might be a wonderful decoration for a dancer, former dancer or ballet-fan’s house.

Any particular suggestions or other ideas?

(Photo by crisderaud)

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98 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle ballet shoes and pointe shoes?”

  1. Jeff says:

    im in the U.S. I take all unwanted ballet pointe jazz shoes as well
    As any dance wear for arts program for special needs kids
    Please email if you want to recycle Ty
    And God bless

  2. Linda Tucker says:

    I am an art teacher in a secondary school in Cnanterbury, Kent and I would love your ballet shoes for an art project. let me know where you are based or how much it would be to post them to me.
    thjank you

    • Helen says:

      Hello Linda,

      Are you still looking for shoes to collect for your project? If so, I have a couple of pairs of old pointe shoes, leather ballet shoes and satin ones that I no longer use.

      Thank you,


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