Wendy Davis’s Filibustering Mizuno Sneakers Getting Great Reviews on Amazon

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“Excellent protection for the foot and the womb!” one reviewer says of the Mizuno sneakers worn this week by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis during her historic filibuster of an abortion bill.

The mock reviewers are at it again. Following on the heels, excuse the pun, of snarky reviews for the likes of the Bic “For Her” pen, the masses have been busy writing faux reviews on Amazon for the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 running shoes worn by Wendy Davis during her lengthy filibuster of a bill that would tighten abortion regulations in Texas.

Davis’s choice of sneakers has been highlighted everywhere from E! News, to the Associated Press, to the Washington Post, which offered the headline: “These shoes were made for filibusterin’.” When Rand Paul launched his 13-hour filibuster in March over the Obama administration’s use of drones, the Post noted, he didn’t think much about his footwear—and he regretted it. “I didn’t wear my most comfortable shoes or anything,” he later admitted, and that in retrospect, he “would have worn different shoes.”

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Davis seems to have put some thought into what she’d wear, dropping her usual dress heels and opting for a $115 sneaker that “delivers a harmonious balance of lightweight feel, sculpted fit and exquisitely smooth ride,” as the Mizuno website puts it.

But, to paraphrase an old Air Jordan ad campaign, this isn’t really about the shoes. In most recent cases of funny reviews on Amazon, reviewers were just having some fun by mocking ridiculous products. “Because of the insights this book provided, I can sleep a little better and cope with the reality that I can’t always be there to protect my kids from huge ships,” one parent wrote in a review of a book titled (yes) How to Avoid Huge Ships. Occasionally, the snarky reviews have crossed over into commentary on more serious topics, like gender issues (see the Bic pen mentioned above).

Reviewers are now using the Mizuno sneakers as a launchpoint to weigh in on abortion rights and politics. “Do you believe in human rights?” one “endorsement” asks:

Do you think a women’s health is a matter for her and her doctor and not for aged religious fundamentalists? Then these are the shoes for you! They will carry you through a marathon and a 13-hour filibuster necessary to protect women from the bigotry and religious intolerance in Texas. Highly recommended for progressive feet!

Other reviews include lines such as “Guaranteed to outrun patriarchy on race day,” and “Fits perfectly up a republican’s rear end.”

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted that the running shoe “comes in four different vibrant colorways — Davis’ rouge red-apple green-dark shadow; white-ultraviolet-anthracite; Aruba blue-electric-anthracite; and violet tulle-vibrant orange-ultraviolet — and also are available in a men’s version.”

But based on some of the tongue-in-cheek Amazon reviews posted by men, this is certainly not a product for guys. Even though “I have never gone through the experience of wearing them,” one male reviewer writes in the course of a one-star review, “I feel somehow compelled to decide for the shoe’s female target market whether or not they should own them.”

Another male (one-star) reviewer suggests — ironically, of course — that these sneakers could fall into the wrong hands (or feet, as it were):

“These shoes are a danger to the republic! This is precisely the kind of technology that will enable terrorist women, terrorist gays, terrorist minorities, and other terrorist liberals to endure the long (and getting longer, just you wait) lines at the polls.”

Has all the attention helped boost Mizuno shoe sales? “At this time there are no metrics that suggest a spike in sales,” Mizuno Public Relations Manager Harper Cornell said in a statement. “However, by the online discussions our Wave Rider fans seem to be excited to see such attention on their favorite running shoe.” Cornell noted that the company “was surprised by the sudden spotlight focused on our flagship running shoe, the Wave Rider, in the past 24 hours,” and that “we are proud of the running shoes we develop for our consumers. The Wave Rider is designed to give the comfort and cushioning needed whether it’s a 5K, a marathon or 10+ hour filibuster.”

42 comments
JuliaM
JuliaM

Mizuno has stepped into a hornet's nest on this issue. They promoted Wendy Davis's filibuster & shoe choice on Twitter, but felt the backlash from prolifers who read their knee-jerk reaction as corporate support for abortion "rights". Now they're trying to back pedal with a wishy-washy statement about not having a corporate position on abortion, claiming they were only lauding her "endurance". In response, the pro-abortion crowd is calling them cowards and saying they don't support women's "rights". This is one of those issues a company cannot win. Better if they'd just stayed silent and let this brouhaha die down. Doubt any of the people on Amazon are really going to spend that much money on a shoe unless they're already runners, and runners whose style/physiology jibe with the Wave Rider. This was badly handled by Mizuno all around. 

cameronspeaks
cameronspeaks

Hello Stupid,  Wendy Davis is an "actor " for you small minded sheep to love and adore . Dems are dying to try and turn Texas blue.  Obama's ToP  PR guy was hired and sent to TEXAS just do that.  She comes from a newly created DEM district in Texas.  So continue to fawn over her as is amounts to nothing ..  

TStewPrincess14
TStewPrincess14

@cameronspeaks You are aware that Texas was a blue state as recently as 1995 right?  How about that the mayor of the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the mayor of the largest city in Texas is a democrat?  You need to read a book.

mooshki
mooshki

@cameronspeaks  - and you're an idiot. Like the woman can't believe in a cause and act on it, and we can't support her because of that. Just because someone has a different opinion doesn't make them a puppet of someone. Guaranteed you only watch Fox News.

fisherk1964
fisherk1964 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Nice way to make oneself "politically relevant," but this measure will pass despite the filibuster.  Truly a waste of time.  Note: this is not a statement supporting organized religion, the right to yap, or any other movement...just a fact based on the almost supermajority of Republicans in Texas who will vote in the special session.

AbContador
AbContador like.author.displayName 1 Like

With every passing day, it becomes more clear that people need to shout even louder at organized religion - it needs to be marginalized - it is harmful, hateful and wasteful. Our children deserve better and it should be against the law to brainwash them at such a young age.

fooldog01
fooldog01 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@AbContador If they dont deserve protection by the law from being killed, why would they deserve protection by the law from brainwashing?

a.navin.johnson
a.navin.johnson like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

I hope she does the SAME THING on July 1st. How much will Perry waste in government money to hold another special session?

BarbinTX
BarbinTX

Then who are the ones crying the loudest when these children are born into poverty and suck up resources...the same ones that demand limiting abortions!  Make up your minds control freaks!

JuliaM
JuliaM like.author.displayName 1 Like

@BarbinTX How about promoting personal responsibility and virtuous behavior? If people aren't able to raise children, they shouldn't be engaging in the activity that creates children. Your sort wants to throw condoms and birth control at children, tell them they have every "right" to "explore their sexuality", and then drive them to the abortion clinic when that birth control either a) doesn't work or b) never gets used. 

TStewPrincess14
TStewPrincess14

@JuliaM @BarbinTX With all due respect, we are animals.  Every cell in our being is telling us to do the one thing we were put onto this planet for, procreate.  Someone's "virtue" has nothing to do with whether they are sexually active or not.  To educate students on what's going on with their bodies, to educate them about birth control and to make it more available and not so "bad" is the answer.  Everyone has every right to explore their body, and they should.  They also have the right to do it without the government's involvement. To tell a hormone rampant teenager to not do something, is not only instigating them to do what you asked them not to, but to do it bigger and better.  

mooshki
mooshki like.author.displayName 1 Like

@JuliaM @BarbinTX - throw condoms and birth control at children? Yes, because the abstinence you advocate works so well. Get real, lady. Try working with hormone driven teenagers sometimes, like I do in Texas. I would rather teach them to be responsible and do their best not to have unplanned pregnancies than to deal with teen parents, which greatly impacts both them and their children. Most of the kids I work with are very religious, think it is wrong to have pre-marital sex, and then get carried away and do it anyway. The girls don't use birth control because they think that would be planning to do something wrong. They end up being parents at 16, which is bad for them and their children. Birth control and family planning are good things to teach. And no one drives these kids to abortion clinics. And yes, they end up on public assistance because they can't afford kids. We actually aren't ALLOWED to teach them birth control in HS. I wish we could. Get your facts straight.

_the_truth_
_the_truth_ like.author.displayName 1 Like

So she wastes 10 hours of taxpayer money to protect her "right" to murder unborn children? What a P.O.S.

mooshki
mooshki

@_the_truth_ No, Perry wasted taxpayer money calling the special session to ram through a bill that the electorate did not ask for. He would rather waste millions on crap like this than restore the cuts in educational programs he made two years ago.

AbContador
AbContador like.author.displayName 1 Like

@_the_truth_ you have false logic my friend - might be good for you to open a text book every once in a while instead of your book of fables

a.navin.johnson
a.navin.johnson like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

She is fighting for the right for woman to make decisions for themselves and not allowing the government to make decisions for them...isn't that what you conservatives are all about? keeping the government out of your private lives?  except when you want the government to force its way into your private lives, then its okay. you all don't know up from down, do you?

JuliaM
JuliaM

@a.navin.johnson I do know that an unborn child is every bit as much a human being as you are, and deserves as much respect as you do. 

And when men have the same rights as women do regarding their progeny, then I'll believe you're really about equal rights for men and women. 

I believe that every woman who claims she has a right to abort a child she cannot support or does not want should also believe that every man who cannot support a child or does not want a child has the same right to unilaterally sever any parental ties and responsibilities as she does. 

cameronspeaks
cameronspeaks

@a.navin.johnson   Hello Ignorance.  Let me show you. how your statement falls apart.  That baby inside her has unique DNA it is  not HER. Abortion is murder period. Right now we still have savages who like to  murder minority babies still safe in there mothers protection but as society will we progress and change this soon. As a society, we do give up some rights for a stable and secure society. You want the gov out of your private life but want to give the govt the power to make decisions about your healthcare. lol hypocrite . Being stupid is what you do.

TStewPrincess14
TStewPrincess14 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@_the_truth_ No, Rick Perry wasted days (and ordered more days) when he called for the first, and second, special sessions.

arthurb67
arthurb67 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@_the_truth_ I think you murder them when you don't provide help for them after they are born!

cocobinay
cocobinay like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 7 Like

@_the_truth_ 

Until it's prohibited by law, she's not wasting taxpayer's money, she's exercising her rights!

But you know what could pass as a waste of taxpayers money? Resurrecting an issue that the supreme court ruled on in 1973!

PaulMitchell
PaulMitchell

just like a woman to run her big yap for hours.

momx3
momx3 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@PaulMitchell because women have so much knowledge stored up, unlike men:)

SooInteresting
SooInteresting

@momx3 @PaulMitchell  If your going to to be obnoxious then you should own it and not try to mitigate it with a smiley face. Your not fooling anyone.

_the_truth_
_the_truth_

@momx3 @PaulMitchell riiiiight. Don't forget that 95% of everything you use is a product of a man's brain. Including the computer and internet you're using to spew your sexist crap.

cocobinay
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@_the_truth_ @momx3 @PaulMitchell 

I hate to chastise a fellow man, but the very first computer program in history was written by a fantastic British Mathematician named Ada Lovelace. Guess how many testicles she had. 

It's fine to be angry (you have your reasons), BUT there's no rationale for being ignorant in the information age!

duduong
duduong like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

What a remarkable woman! The bigots may be in the majority, but at least the rest is fighting back.

DuelPerryDamesworth
DuelPerryDamesworth

Pretty sad I think. She can get up there, ramble on for 10 hrs just to block a vote on tighter abortion laws and be praised, while we can't get them to spend 30 min overtime to deal with budget issues and other areas that affect all. She should be ashamed....  

MagicBishop
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@DuelPerryDamesworth Wow, you are a low information voter. Who's the one pushing abortion bills instead of dealing with the budget? 

DuelPiratehunter
DuelPiratehunter

@MagicBishop @DuelPerryDamesworth

I could care less who is pushing what in this topic. Fact stands she blabbed for 10 hrs just to block this vote. My point was, why can't THEY work for 1/2 that amount to do something rather than double time to not do something? She was used as an escape goat to keep ALL of them from HAVING to vote. THEY ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED! 

MagicBishop
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@DuelPiratehunter @MagicBishop @DuelPerryDamesworth "double time to not do something"? Apparently you have outsourced your thinking capabilities to the talking heads on AM radio. She had every right to block this bill. The abortion debate was settled 40 years ago. It's established law, why keep prodding at it with symbolic gestures that are just a waste of time. This bill is just a ploy to get abortion back to the supreme court why they still have the majority. Nothing more.      

Padme
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I want a pair!  You go girl!