So, being an architect is really starting to pay off. You’ve got tons of clients and the money is rolling in. However, with more work come less leisure time. For many architects, that means less golf. Weekday mornings are no longer designated to hitting the golf ball straight down the fairway with your best buds. So, in this post we thought it would be fun to figure out what you can do with those old golf shoes that are just collecting dust at this point!
So there you are, looking at a pair of gently used golf shoes that are now a part of your past. Throwing out such a nice pair of golf shoes just seems like such a waste, but what else is there to give your shoes another life? There are actually many options to get rid of your used golf shoes without doing something as wasteful as throwing them away.
Recycling old golf shoes
Some shoes truly have seen the last of their useful life, and they can’t be used by any additional people. Golf shoes with holes, missing pieces, or that are faded beyond all recognition, should just be recycled rather than passed on to anyone else. Recycling shoes is an interesting process; it can be done by virtually any shoe store through a variety of different organizations. Nike, for example, processes shoes into a special mulch that is actually used to create running surfaces for athletic tracks. There is something poetically beautiful about shoes being re-purposed to create a new track for a school somewhere, and in this way nothing is wasted. To help out your local recycling center, make sure you remove the shoelaces and insoles from your shoes first. Metal cleats should also be taken out and recycled separately in recycling bins meant for metals and aluminum.
Selling your used golf shoes
There are tons of different avenues for selling your gently used golf shoes to recoup a little of the money that you might have spent for the shoes and the rest of your golfing hobby. Sites like eBay and Amazon benefit from allowing you to offer your shoes to the broadest possible audience, but they take a little bit of technical experience and they require you to be familiar with shipping and online payment options.
Local classified boards, both through your newspaper and online through websites like Craigslist, help you sell your shoes to local audiences. This is great because it is usually a cash transaction with a person face-to-face, cutting down the risk of scams. On the other hand, many people are uncomfortable meeting a stranger, so they either avoid Craigslist, or they require the transaction be made in a public place where both parties are comfortable.
Finally, there are consignment shops that specialize in athletic gear that will take and sell your shoes. These shops, such as PlayItAgain sports, pay you less for your shoes than a consumer would (since they have to make some profit off the transaction) but it is a simple way to take the shoes off your hands if you don’t want to put the effort into selling them on your own.
Pass Them Down!
Golf is more than a sport; it is a passion that is best shared with others. Unfortunately, many people never get the chance to get into golf because of the amount of money that the initial investment in gear might cost. Between clubs and shoes and club fees, golf can be a very expensive hobby indeed. Older golfers, and those who have been in the sport for a while, have the responsibility of carrying on the proud tradition of golf by bringing new people into the sport.
If you have children or teens that you mentor, consider passing down your golf shoes along with some of your other old golfing gear. As long as all of your equipment is serviceable, you will be bringing untold joy into the lives of these young people. For used shoes, take the insoles and shoelaces out and replace them with new insoles and laces, you will be giving the shoes a new life while also restoring them for the next owner.
Well, there you have it. While it’s awesome that your architecture business is growing, sometimes it can be tough to let go of your favorite hobbies. Hopefully this fun article gave you some ideas on what you can do with your old golf shoes instead of just throwing them away!