Accession Number: C.2015.227.1
Dimensions: 4 in X 4 in X 11 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 10.16 cm X 27.94 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Alfred G. Segro
Pair of brown leather Dockers brand men’s oxford shoes. The shoes are clean and show little sign of dust.
Alfred “Fred” Segro was in his office at Martin Progressive, an IT consulting firm on the 77th floor of the North Tower, when Flight 11 struck the building. Its impact shattered the floor-to-ceiling glass entrance to the office, injuring the pregnant receptionist, Julie. Segro and others assisted Julie before the group of colleagues exited the floor and began their evacuation. As they advanced, the stairs, slick from water from the fire sprinklers, became more difficult for Julie to navigate, so she abandoned her high heels in the stairwell.
When the group reached the building's lobby, Segro removed his brown leather oxford shoes and put them on Julie’s bare feet so she could proceed through the broken glass and debris unharmed. When the group exited the North Tower, Segro and Julie made their way to Downtown Hospital on William Street to seek medical attention for Julie. While walking, they spotted a pair of women’s shoes that had been abandoned in the middle of the street. Julie put them on and returned Segro’s to him.
After receiving triage in the hospital lobby and with her wounds stitched, Julie was relieved to learn that her baby was unharmed. She and Segro finally left the hospital early that evening. Walking through the dust-covered streets, Segro made his way to midtown to catch a ferry to New Jersey. He was hosed down after docking which removed the dust that had covered his shoes. He was reunited with his family that night.
Segro kept his shoes and later donated them to the museum after seeing other survivor shoes on display in the museum's exhibition.