The Los Angeles-based re-commerce platform Shoe Bank is tackling the problem of unworn shoes through sustainable swapping

When cared for correctly, shoes can last a long time—sometimes even longer than they're wanted, leaving them to pile up in closets and hallways the world over. To combat the overload, Los Angeles-based P2P startup Shoe Bank helps shoe lovers swap their pairs without wasting them or buying more.

The re-commerce platform allows users to trade shoes online, much like they would in the real world. To get started, women upload pictures of the shoes, including information like size and reason for swapping. Upon acceptance, each pair of new or gently used kicks is “deposited” in the Shoe Bank in categories based on wear, design and brand. For each pair uploaded, the user gets store credit for another pair of shoes in the same category.

Swappers can search approved shoes on the platform by size, color and category, including a special section for bridal shoes. Once the deposit is selected by another user, the Shoe Bank sends a pre-paid and addressed shipping label. The only expense is the shipping and handling, which is paid for by the receiver. It's just one more way that fashion's sustainability problem is being faced head-on, and in an affordable way.

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When cared for correctly, shoes can last a long time—sometimes even longer than they're wanted, leaving them to pile up in closets and hallways the world over. To combat the overload, Los Angeles-based P2P startup Shoe Bank helps shoe lovers swap their pairs without wasting them or buying more.

The re-commerce platform allows users to trade shoes online, much like they would in the real world. To get started, women upload pictures of the shoes, including information like size and reason for swapping. Upon acceptance, each pair of new or gently used kicks is “deposited” in the Shoe Bank in categories based on wear, design and brand. For each pair uploaded, the user gets store credit for another pair of shoes in the same category.