Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2017.242.1
Dimensions: 4 in X 3 ¾ in X 10 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 7.62 cm X 25.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Molly D. Houghton
New Balance brand pair of size 4 women's running shoes. The shoes are black and gray with orange detailing and black-and-orange cord shoelaces. The shoes are in good condition with only minor wear in the interior.
On 9/11, Molly Houghton found this pair of running shoes in the middle of the street as she and a colleague began evacuating from lower Manhattan amid the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Concerned about how far she had to walk, Houghton swapped her sandals for the running shoes. Despite being the wrong size, the shoes fit perfectly, and enabled her to safely evacuate from the area and return home.