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.”

43 comments
mosenfan2015
mosenfan2015

get nice women heels in shoes1776(dot),huge selections

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 ..  

fisherk1964
fisherk1964

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

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.

a.navin.johnson
a.navin.johnson

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!

_the_truth_
_the_truth_

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

PaulMitchell
PaulMitchell

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

duduong
duduong

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....  

Padme
Padme

I want a pair!  You go girl!