Wendy Davis’ Shoes Ignite a Comment Blast on Amazon.com

The senator's pink and green trainers inspire hundreds of messages of support for reproductive rights.
Jun 28, 2013· 2 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

Since Wendy Davis became a full-fledged feminist hero, everything about her has taken on mythical proportions, not the least of which is her choice of footwear.

The senator’s hot pink Mizuno running shoes—the same she wore to quash Texas’ anti-choice bill during a 12-hour, one-woman filibuster—are arguably the hottest ticket on Amazon.com right now.

But that’s not necessarily because so many people are buying the shoes. It’s because so many are commenting on how effective they are for stomping out the patriarchy, overthrowing tyranny and empowering women.

And even more than singing Senator Davis' praises, most of the commenters are leaving messages supporting a woman's right to choose.

It's not often—or ever—that the commercial site is turned into a political one, but the remarks are so passionate and entertaining, they're worth a look. Below are some of the best ones left on Amazon.com's Mizuno Wave Rider page.

Walk Tall

OMG, what I can do with these shoes is amazing! They fully support my right to control my body! It's like I have a say about my future. Who would have thought a pair of shoes could represent self-determination?

Something Wrong With These Shoes

I'm a man, and I couldn't find these shoes in a size that fits me comfortably—they seem to be designed especially for women. Therefore we need to pass a law that gets them off the market.

Men, Do Not Try These On!

I tried on a pair at the local mall and suddenty Texas Republicans started telling me what to do with my genitals. They started explaining reproduction to me like I was a seventh grader. Unfortunately, being male, I had no way to shut the whole thing down. I'm so confused...

Stomps the Patriarchy and Keeps You On Your Feet

The next time I have to stand for 13 hours for women's rights, these are the shoes I will wear!

Best Shoes Ever!

Not only do they provide support for your arches, they support a woman's right to control her own body! And, thye are versatile! No matter where you wear these shoes, women the world over will love and admire you. They make a real statement.

Superheroes Wear Pink Mizunos

Pink Mizunos are the IT shoe for superheroes this year. So if you want to be able to stand for extended periods of time, defend rights for a large segment of the population, these are the shoes for you. Remember, capes are so 2012.

You Go Girl (In Shoes Like This)

I'm not sure I could ever bring myself ot buy or wear shoes like this. But you know, I'm so glad I have the option. #StandWithWendy

Don't Forget to Get Husband's Approval Before Wearing

Great shoes! Did the trick. Only a 24 hour waiting period for the shoes to arrive (in Pennsylvania.) Pretty fast! But you need spousal consent before wearing the shoes. Parental consent if you are under 18. Totally worth it though!

Do Not Buy These Shoes

Even though...

1) I am a man and these are clearly women's shoes

2) I have never gone through the experience of wearing them

3) These shoes are not designed for my feet and

4) They are of a color I would never wear...

I feel somehow compelled to decide for the shoe's female target market whether or not they should own them.


Thank you.

I Am So Proud of These Shoes!

Wow! Just reading about these shoes have been an inspiration.

I don't particularly like all the choice in shoe selections, and have chnaged my way of thinking about shoes as I've gotten older—there's a particular set I wouldn't want for myself right now, (the decision would haunt me) but I understand the need for choice.

If a woman suddenly finds herself with a pair of shoes she doesn't want, or were forced upon her, and knows she won't have the emotional or physical resources to treat the shoes with care and love and a bright future, well then she doesn't deserve those shoes. So, having choices is important. Perhaps, one day, later in life, that woman may regret not getting those shoes, but there is just as great a chance that not getting those shoes was the best decision she could've made in that situation, at that point in her life.

Choice in shoes is necessary in today's world, even if you don't like someone else's style.

What's your reaction to Davis' filibuster? Let us know in the Comments.