Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2021.17.2
Dimensions: 5 in X 4 in X 12 in
Dimensions (Metric): 12.7 cm X 10.16 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Benjamin Kaminow and Craig Katz
Pair of Stan Smith Adidas brand sneakers. The shoes are made from white leather and show signs of wear; they are slightly dirty.
In 2001, Benjamin Kaminow worked on the 25th floor of the North Tower for Garban-Intercapital. On 9/11, he was wearing business casual attire, including a plaid button-down shirt and leather loafers without socks. During his evacuation from lower Manhattan, Kaminow's feet became sore and bloodied. He exchanged his loafers for this pair of sneakers given to him by a stranger that he met during his walk uptown. Although the sneakers were too big, Kaminow arrived home safely later that day.