Sen. Wendy Davis did more than stop an anti-abortion bill with her 13-hour filibuster Tuesday; she made a fashion statement as well. Her bright red running shoes became a symbol for the Texas Democrat.
However, Davis' Communications Director Rick Svatora said the senator wasn't thinking of fashion when she decided to wear the shoes for the filibuster.
"She didn't pick them out for a filibuster; she actually uses them to run," Svatora told Whispers. "The most comfortable shoes she had are the ones that she brought. She's a very practical person, and that's how she thinks. There's really no glitz or glam to her."
Davis's filibuster and politics took over the reviews for Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe on Amazon.com. Tongue and cheek comments were left by both supporters and critics.
Mizuno Running reached out to Davis Wednesday via Twitter, saying it was glad to provide the support she needed.
@WendyDavisTexas 26.2 miles or 13-hour filibuster, we are glad our shoes could be there to provide you the support you need when you need it
— Mizuno Running (@MizunoRunning) June 26, 2013
The anti-abortion bill Davis battled would have banned abortion after 20 weeks. It also required all abortions be performed at ambulatory surgical centers and abortion providers to get admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. If passed, the provision would have likely closed 37 of the 43 abortion clinics in Texas due to costs.