The Shoe Project was founded on the simple idea that youth are change makers in the world

Cambodia students posing with new shoes

We are driven to do our part in making the world a better place for all

Cambodia students receiving shoes

We've put shoes on more than 15,000 people and counting, giving back to our local and global community

Working with veterans


Visiting a school in Cambodia

South Africa

Families receiving shoes in Soweto, South Africa

The Gambia

Students receiving shoes in The Gambia


Orphanage in China receiving shoes


Young man putting shoes on in Mexico

Thank you to Veterans

Working with veterans
Delivering shoes to military veterans resource center

Local high school volunteers

Working with local high school volunteers

Cincinnati VA

Delivering shoes to the Cincinnati VA
John Ferguson

Eagle Scout Project

We're Humble and Inspired

The Shoe Project started as a failed business idea. Buying and reselling shoes from Salvation Army, John Ferguson, 12, ended up with too many shoes and not enough customers. Without any profit, The Shoe Project later became a nonprofit, donating shoes to people in need in Cincinnati and around the world.