Best tennis shoes for walking
Q. What should I do with all my old sneakers?
A. Donate 'em! If your sneaks are just lightly worn, connect with One World Running (oneworldrunning.com), a nonprofit organization that collects low-mileage running shoes, cleans them up, and sends them to impoverished areas all over the world. Or, if your kicks have already paid their dues, take them to a Nike Reuse-A-Shoe drop-off location (nikereuseashoe.com) to be put through the grinder and magically reborn as new athletic surfaces, such as running tracks and gym and basketball-court floors. To find local places to donate, go to recycledrunners.com.
Q. What is the best way to clean mud-caked hiking shoes?
A. "First scrub the outsides of your boots or shoes with a bristle brush to remove the dirt [Tip: For stains, use mild detergent on a damp cloth], then air them out somewhere that isn't dark and damp, " says Lace Thornberg, an editor for the bimonthly magazine of the Washington Trails Association, a pro-hiking organization in Seattle. Once they're dry, dust the insoles with baking soda or baking powder, she says. "Regularly reapply a waterproofing solution, such as Nikwax [about $8.50, rei.com], to your boots to prevent them from getting too wet when you're outside, " she adds. Whatever you do, don't stick them in the washing machine!