KXAN (AUSTIN) - Wendy Davis says she's not a long-distance runner, but on Tuesday she held a marathon filibuster on the Texas State Senate floor. Now Davis' choice for footwear is getting almost as much attention as she is.
As the Fort Worth Democrat spoke for more than 12 hours, plenty of people noticed she was wearing pink running sneakers instead of the typical dress shoes.
Now supporters online are using the shoes, Mizuno Wave Riders , to further her cause.
On Amazon.com, users made political comments about the pink running shoes. In fact, supporters posted more than 40 comments since Tuesday.
"An essential tool for running down the clock in a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long!" wrote one reviewer.
Another wrote, "When I am tired, I will ask myself: WWWD (What Would Wendy Do)?! Then I will keep running."
Some were more satirical: "I feel somehow compelled to decide for the shoe's female target market whether or not they should own them. Don't."
Davis told KXAN she hadn't read much about her filibuster , but she did read several of the Amazon reviews.
The sudden media attention surprised the company that makes the shoes, which retail for $115.
"We do appreciate Ms. Davis' choice in athletic footwear," said Mizuno spokeswoman Harper Cornell.
Cornell told KXAN daily traffic to Mizunorunning.com nearly doubled from the same time last week with much of the attention on the Wave Rider shoes. The company would not release specific sales data.
"The Wave Rider's design is able to provide the comfort and cushioning needed for any endurance event, whether it's a 5K, a marathon or 10+ hour filibuster," said Cornell.
Davis told KXAN, when she is able, she'll run about 5 miles.
The political fight also meant a brighter spotlight for Davis.
By the time the clock struck midnight Tuesday, the one-time teenage mother who managed to put herself through Harvard Law School had attracted a nationwide following, earned a Twitter shout-out from the president of the United States.
She was touted by many as the Democrats' best hope in two decades of winning a statewide election.
Davis, however, said she is not thinking about a run for governor in 2014 yet. She said she's focused on her senate position especially leading into the 2nd special session.
"There will be more time to give more thought to that," Davis told KXAN's Leslie Rhode. "What I want this story to be about is not what my future potentials are, but the future potential by the people, for the people."
Davis said she hopes women in Texas learn they are more powerful than they could imagine.
"They can make Texas be the state they want to see it be," said Davis.
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