Collect Shoes for Salem Youth


​One Thousand Soles is a teen-championed community shoe drive for children and teens in-need. Coordinated by the City of Salem, collections and awareness campaigns occur year-round.

Year-round collection site

You can donate new or gently used shoes year-round at the IKE Box.

​2020 collection sites

Donate new and clean, gently-used shoes along with new socks and new laces to help your favorite school win the 2020 Shoe Battle of the Schools (February 18 thru March 3).

Donations accepted this Shoe Battle:

  • Sneakers
  • Specialty sports shoes, including cleats
  • Flat-heeled boots that keep feet warm and dry
  • Formal heels for dances

No summer styles, slippers or dress shoes this Battle.

High schools competing this year:

  • Blanchet Catholic
  • Early College
  • McKay
  • McNary
  • North Salem
  • South Salem
  • Sprague
  • West Salem

Drop-off locations in addition to the competing schools will be continually added to the Facebook page.

2020 Shoe Battle of the Schools

February 18 thru March 3

Each year Salem-Keizer high schools and feeder schools compete to see who can collect the most shoes. 1,000s of shoes are collected each year from this drive alone.

  1. Each school year, the City invites local public and private high schools to join the friendly-competition.
  2. Student representatives attend the a Shoe Battle Orientation to learn the battle rules and the latest information on youth homelessness.
  3. Students return to their schools to strategize their plan of attack.
  4. The Shoe Battle runs for two weeks on campuses and in the community.
  5. After shoes are collected and counted, the top high school and middle school are presented trophies.

2018 CCTV interview

Ten-minute CCTV Insight inteview with students.

2017 Shoe cleaning session

One-minute CCTV video showing students cleaning donated shoes.


How it started

The drive began in 2012 as a partnership between the City of Salem’s Youth Development Section and a South Salem High School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class. Students invited several businesses and schools to host shoe collection bins benefiting their peers experiencing homelessness.

The project now engages schools, churches, businesses, nonprofits, local government and the general public. The project also encourages young athletes to live healthy, active lives through the inspiring power of a new pair of athletic shoes or cleats.

Originally named “The One Hundred Soles Project,” the shoe drive has far exceeded its early goals​—collecting nearly 15,686 pairs of new and gently-used shoes, garnering nearly $18,000 in cash donations, and securing a small processing and storage facility (aka “The Shoe Room”) at no cost.

Thanks to the student’s hard work and partnerships, the shoe drive is a youth-driven, City-sponsored community tradition.

Girl with hands making a heart above a white sneaker. Shoe Battle 2020: Give from the Sole. Donate all sizes & styles in sneakers, warm boots, cleats and formal heels. New Socks and laces. One Thousand Soles.

Contact us

Laurie Shaw CasarezYouth Development and Prevention CoordinatorCommunity Development Department
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