Squatter Camp

Over 300 pairs of Sal's Shoes were distributed in a squatter camp in South Africa in July 2015 by http://www.winniemabaso.org.

In July 2016  thanks to a second Sal's Shoes distribution by http://www.winniemabaso.org/projects/squatter-camp/ which was funded by http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk:

62 young football players received a pair of football boots to play in
33 gumboot dancers received a pair of Wellington boots to dance in
191 children received a pair of school shoes to go to school in
129 children received a pair of trainers to run around in
187 children received a pair of canvas shoes to protect their feet in
249 children received a pair of sandals to welcome summer in
66 children received a pair of washable, long lasting Crocs
37 young girls received a pair of party shoes - because all girls like glitter wherever they are in the world, and
149 toddlers received a pair of shoes to take their first steps in . . .



In July 2015 Sals' Shoes were distributed at Ilamula House, a home for vulnerable, abused and orphaned girls opened by http://www.winniemabaso.org in September 2014.

In October 2016 another Sal's Shoes distribution was held.


In October 2014 a collection of shoes donated by Alex, Emily, Katie and Jo, and some of the pairs donated by Delight and Shere Infant and Shere Nursery School were distributed at 2 orphanages in the township of Pienaar near Nelspruit in South Africa.  Sal helped to distribute the shoes.

In October 2016 a second Sal's Shoes distribution was held at a Saturday School.


In June 2016 we delivered a consignment of shoes to http://www.spreadsomesunshine.com. 4 days later they were walking again some 8,000 miles away in South Africa at the pre-school run by http://www.winniemabaso.org.

Cape Town


The 18th July is Mandela Day.

As well as  celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life, the day is also a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them in honouring Nelson Mandela's legacy and his values through community service and volunteering. The day hopes to inspire people to embrace the values that Mandela shared. Sals Shoes were delighted to play a part during Mandela Day in Cape Town in July 2016. The shoes we collected in-country at http://www.bonhotels.com/our-hotels were distributed by http://ram1.co.za/ : a not-for-profit primarily seeking to alleviate poverty in the Rural Western Cape areas by supplying institutions, the elderly and children with resources to meet their shortfalls. Sal's Shoes were distributed to the neediest children, those who came barefoot. 
Christelle, one of RAM's members, who was helping to man the event, distributing clothing, blankets, Sal's Shoes, food parcels, bread, soup and sweets, deserves a particular mention for coming across a mother who had found shoes for her two barefoot children on our stall but was not wearing any shoes herself, Christelle took off her own pair  of shoes and gave them to the mother.


With the help of http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk and http://www.winniemabaso.org in July 2016 Sal's Shoes football boots found their new owners amongst the U11 & U13 teams at Meadowlands Academy in Soweto, South Africa. The Academy plays in the SA Third division with 150 players from all age groups.



In July 2016 we launched our school shoes initiative Toe to Toe http://www.salsshoes.com/toe-to-toe/

If you sent us a pair of school shoes adult size 1 - 6.5 during the last week of July 2016 or the first two weeks of August 2016, your shoes have just gone back to school [September 2016] with the help of http://www.spreadsomesunshine.com & http://www.winniemabaso.org on the feet of these schoolchildren who all live in the squatter camp of Meriteng in South Africa. 

Many were going to school without a uniform and barefoot.

Supporters of http://www.winniemabaso.org provided the uniform and you provided the Sal's Shoes.


In October 2016 Sal's Shoes were distributed at the Cool Cats Day Centre.


n October 2016 Sal's Shoes were distributed at Betty's Haven, an orphanage in Nelspruit.

Meriting Village

In October 2016, http://www.littlekickers.co.uk ran a month long Sal's Shoes collection across all their classes nationwide in the UK, Cyprus and South Africa. Sal's Shoes collected in the Johannesburg Little Kickers classes were distributed by http://www.winniemabaso.org this morning in Meriting Village.

MCM Miqlat

Thanks to your donations of pre-played in football boots http://www.salsshoes.com/back-on-the-pitch/ and the help of http://www.carryon4babies.org, these young players at http://www.mcmsa.org.za in Paarl, South Africa, all received a pair in January 2017. MCM Miqlat encourages street sport amongst gang-ridden communities teaching the local children how to play alongside one another and not fight against each other.

Cape Town

At the end of 2016 http://www.littlekickers.co.za/signup.aspx hosted an in-country collection. The shoes collected in and around Cape Town found their new feet amongst young attendees from rural areas at an outreach event hosted by http://ram1.co.za in January 2017. Most children who received a pair of Sal's Shoes were either barefoot or wearing a pair of shoes at least two sizes too small.

Meadowlands Football Academy

In February 2017, http://www.salsshoes.com/back-on-the-pitch/ football boots are back playing on the feet of the U-9 and U-13 football teams at the Meadowlands Football Academy in Soweto, South Africa.

Meadowlands Football Academy

http://www.salsshoes.com/back-on-the-pitch/ at the Meadowlands Football Academy in Soweto, South Africa in February 2017 ⚽️ #sportforgood

The Footprints Foundation

To all those young footballers who send us their pre-played in boots, some of them got http://www.salsshoes.com/back-on-the-pitch/ in Soweto, South Africa with http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk and http://www.arsenal.com/home in March 2017.

Cape Town

4 year old Taya and her mum spent a morning volunteering at Sal's Shoes HQ . . . in April 2017 they went to Cape Town, South Africa to find new feet for a whole lot of Sal's Shoes 👣 with http://www.ram1.co.za and http://rainbowtrust.org.za.

Meadowlands Football Academy

In April 2017, http://www.salsshoes.com/back-on-the-pitch/ on the U-15 team at the Meadowlands Academy in Soweto, South Africa, winning the Tsalanang Easter Games trophy as well as Tumelo Molubi picking up Best Player of the Tournament ⚽️

Ilamula House

In June 2017, thanks to http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk we found new feet for wellies and sandals to protect during the wet and dry seasons in South Africa amongst these young superheroes at http://www.ilamulahouse.org; a loving home run by http://www.winniemabaso.org for 20 girls predominantly orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable or abused.



Thanks to http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk & https://www.arsenal.com, in September 2017 Sal's Shoes Back on the Pitch initiative ⚽️ kitted out the girls football team in the township of Pienaar, in Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


In September 2017 new feet were found in Meriting, South Africa with http://www.winniemabaso.org.

Meadowlands Football Academy

Thanks to http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk, Sal's Shoes football boots went back on the pitch in South Africa in October 2017 at the Meadowlands Football Academy in Soweto.

Soweto Rugby School Academy

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In October 2017 Sal's Shoes went back on the rugby pitch 🏈 at the Soweto Rugby School Academy in Soweto, South Africa thanks to http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk.

Letsibigo High School

Thanks to http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk, in October 2017 Sal's Shoes went back on the rugby pitch in South Africa with the girls team at Letsibigo High School - part of the Soweto Rugby School Academy.

In November 2017 Sal's Shoes found new feet in South Africa at the pre-school run by http://www.winniemabaso.org.

Meriting Village

Sal's Shoes found new feet in Meriting Village in South Africa with http://www.winniemabaso.org. Feet in shoes are protected feet; feet protected from injury and infection.

Mabaso Pre School

In January 2018 we found new feet in Meriting Village, a squatter camp south of Johannesburg, South Africa with http://www.winniemabaso.org Meriting is home to a desperately poor community who live in shack accommodation. There is no power, limited sanitation and water is supplied from standpipes. Shoes were distributed in the village and at Mabaso Pre School where 30 children aged 2-5 years are currently registered 👣

Montagu, Cape Town

In January 2018 we were delighted to host a distribution of school shoes to a primary school in Montagu, rural Cape Town, South Africa. In collaboration with http://www.ram1.co.za and in association with an assortment of other organisations, and even more delighted that https://www.coca-colaafrica.com sent along one of their music trucks for the day 🎶

Cape Town

In January 2018, Sal's Shoes went back to school in Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦 thanks to http://www.ram1.co.za 👣

Meadowlands Academy

In January 2018, your football boots ⚽️ were back on the pitch at the Meadowlands Academy in Soweto, South Africa 🇿🇦

Meriting Village, Johannesburg

In February 2018, thanks to http://www.winniemabaso.org, these Sal's Shoes are walking again in Meriting Village, Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦

Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga

In April 2018, Sal’s Shoes football boots ⚽️ and your pre-played in kit were back on the pitch with the boys football team in the township of Pienaar, in Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, South Africa 🇿🇦

Mabaso Pre-School, Johannesburg

In June 2018, we were finding new feet for your pre-loved crocs at the Mabaso Preschool run by http://www.winniemabaso.org in Meriting Village, a squatter camp south of Johannesburg 🇿🇦

Ilamula House

In June 2018, we were finding new feet for your Sal’s Shoes amongst the girls at Ilamula House, a home for girls from the ages of 2-13 run by http://www.winniemabaso.org in South Africa 🇿🇦

Girls are accepted from a variety of backgrounds but they are predominantly orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable or abused. Ilamula also care for children who have HIV/AIDS. All of the children are referred to them by local social workers. For some of the girls Ilamula House will be their ‘forever home’. Others may be placed until they are re-homed with extended families or adoptive parents 👣

Meriting Village

In July 2018, we are now in the fortunate position of, shoes aside, being offered lots of other delightful, practical and useful things free to a good home.

Although we are aware of our limitations, and tend to stick to shoes, we are in the even more fortunate position of now being more aware of the special work other organisations are doing; and more often than not, whilst we may turn down gifts, we usually know another organisation that could benefit and pass on their details. One exception we have made is sports kit. When we receive as many different types of sports shoes as we do, it made sense for us to be able to kit out the team’s we were providing footwear for ⚽️

The kit donated by https://www.littlekickers.co.uk is currently in training in Meriting Village, South Africa 🇿🇦 with http://www.winniemabaso.org


In September 2018, the Seniors football team at the Meadowlands Soccer Academy in Soweto, South Africa 🇿🇦 received your football boots in time for their first match of the season ⚽️

Sal’s Shoes are about to get back on the pitch 🥅

Meadowlands Academy, Soweto

In September 2018, your football boots ⚽️ are back on the pitch at the Meadowlands Academy in Soweto, South Africa 🇿🇦


In October 2018, ]Sal found new feet for Sal’s Shoes in South Africa 🇿🇦 Saturday with http://www.winniemabaso.org 🌍

Sal’s just found a new pair of feet for your 1,000,000th pair of Sal’s Shoes 👣

We are so delighted to be sharing today with a host of South African non-profit organisation’s:

Sole2Sole 👟 
Playit Forwardjozi ⚽️ 
Aaron's Rock Your Socks 🧦 
Beanies for Beings 🧢 
Books & Bras 📚

And chuffed to bits that https://www.bata.co.za jumped on board wholeheartedly and are providing all the school age children with a brand new pair of school shoes ✏️

South Africa

Whilst we predominantly find new feet for preloved children’s shoes occasionally we feel compelled to make exceptions.

When we were in South Africa in October 2018, we were fortunate enough to spend time with all the grannies supported by http://www.winniemabaso.org [WM]. HIV/AIDS has had a dramatic impact on the social structure of the township where they live. Once upon a time the elderly would have been cared for by their children, but sadly they have passed away and it is now left for the grannies to bring up their grandchildren.

WM has a sewing school and granny club and alongside keeping an eye on their health and well-being conducts fitness classes to keep their grannies as sprightly as possible. Sal is so privileged to share his life with his own two grannies and given that the grannies were doing their exercises outside and barefoot, it seemed only right we considered these old feet in need of new shoes 👣

South Africa

In April 2019, we were finding new feet in South Africa 🇿🇦 with http://www.winniemabaso.org 👣

Wolverhampton Sports Club, Cape Town

In April 2019, your Sal’s Shoes football boots were back on the pitch amongst the junior members [alongside kit donated by https://www.wolves.co.uk] ⚽️ of Wolverhampton Sports Club - an amateur football club based in Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦 It was established in 1958 to create opportunities for members of the community to learn important life lessons through football

Winnie Mabaso Pre-school, Meriting

In May 2019, on a sunny Friday in South Africa 🇿🇦 Sal’s Shoes were finding new feet at the http://www.winniemabaso.org preschool & play area in Meriting, a squatter camp south of Johannesburg.

Meriting, Johannesburg

In May 2019, we were finding new feet at the homework club run by http://www.winniemabaso.org in the informal settlement of Meriting Village, just outside Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦