David Shayt
September 11 Collecting Curator
Museum Specialist, Division of Cultural History

"...We have convinced her that these shoes would be welcome here at the museum... "
A woman going down the stairs of that tower with Lisa has given us her high-heeled shoes. To speed their exit many women took off their shoes and ripped their clothes to help them walk down the stairs better. One of Lisa's co-workers, Cecilia Benavente had flippy sandals, as she calls them, floppy or loose, backless sandals that were very fashionable in that season.

People behind her urged her to take her shoes off because she was holding up folks behind her. So she stopped at a landing and took her shoes off but carried them with her the rest of the way down. She carried them with her through the streets of New York that morning, because her feet had swollen up and they would not fit back on her feet. We have convinced her that these shoes would be welcome here at the museum, and they, too are here now with Lisa's briefcase.