It’s not often a pair of shoes makes headlines.
But the rouge red Mizuno Wave Rider 16 running shoes that state Sen. Wendy Davis wore during an 11-hour filibuster over abortion rights in 2013 dominated news cycles for days.
Davis says she’ll never sell the actual pair she wore that day. But an identical pair of those shoes — in a box Davis autographed — is up for sale.
The shoes are among the items in a moving sale Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2737 Calder Court, that offers a chance to buy outfits, accessories, shoes, furniture and more that belonged to Davis.
The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate is paring down her belongings since her recent move to Austin.
“I’ll miss Fort Worth so much, but it’s time for the next chapter,” said Davis, a former Fort Worth city councilwoman long known for stylish outfits and high heels.
The moving sale touts that “prominent Fort Worther and famous Texan Wendy Davis” has a slew of items for sale.
Up for grabs is an array of designer outfits, expensive shoes, Italian leather handbags, French lingerie, high-end furniture, even a Dyson vacuum.
Designer names listed include Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Trina Turk, Kate Spade and more. There are even Victoria’s Secret bikinis and undergarments.
Not to mention books about Fort Worth and Texas, a state-of-the-art treadmill, Coca Cola Fort Worth commemorative items, a Wii and Guitar Hero, an LG flat-screen TV and nearly anything you would need for a dog.
After the 2014 election, Davis stayed out of the limelight for a while and then began traveling, giving speeches and talking about an initiative to promote gender equality that she hopes to unveil at some point.
‘Piece of Texas history’
Political observers say they believe Davis’ sale will draw a number of buyers.
“Wendy Davis, though she lost her run for governor, still is a major Texas historical personality and as such her belongings are of a historical nature,” said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. “She is smart to do this and those who purchase items can claim them rightfully as part of political history.”
He and others agree that the Mizuno running shoes may be the most sought-after item in the sale.
“It is ironic that in a state so tied to rural cowboy culture that pink tennis shoes would be the most remembered moment of the most famous filibuster in Texas Senate history,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, an associate political science professor at the University of Houston. “These are a piece of Texas history.”
Just don’t expect to see the dress Davis wore in the Vogue photo that was taken when she was planning to make a bid to become Texas’ next governor.
That’s a one-of-a-kind dress that never went into production to be sold retail.
Davis said she tracked it down months after the photo shoot.
“Carolina Herrera sold it to me,” she said.
There is, however, a pair of shoes similar to the Reed Krakoff heels she wore in the Vogue photo in the moving sale.
The sale of Wendy Davis belongings is listed as a Paula Brittain So7 Area Sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2737 Calder Court in Fort Worth.
Photos of some of the items that will be sold are online through www.estatesales.net.