Natalie Portman Turns Shoe Designer!

01/17/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

Courtesy of Te Casan

Whether she’s strolling the red carpet or doing a little eco-friendly bicycling around town, Natalie Portman is know in equal measure for her keen sense of style and involvement in environmental and social causes — and her latest project lets her combine the two. The actress chatted with PEOPLE about her new line of vegan-friendly footwear created in partnership with Té Casan. “I’ve been vegetarian for 17 years, and vegan for several months,” says the 26-year-old. “It is a decision I made because of my love for animals, but it is also much better for the environment.” But, she notes, “It is very difficult to find non-leather shoes that are beautiful and comfortable.” At least, it was until now. The actress worked in close partnership with experts at the footwear house to bring her elegant cruelty-free shoes into being. “The Te Casan design team helped me sketch my ideas, from which I chose materials and colors.” Her favorites? “I love them all! The strappy heels with the accordion back in gold and red are personal favorites, though.” While she hopes for more cruelty-free products, she’s doing her part by donating 100% of proceeds from the shoes to The Nature Conservancy. Get your feet in Natalie’s shoes by pre-ordering at the Te Casan website.

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AnnieJ on

Another celebrity “designer”. Yawn. At this point I purposefully do not buy celebrity “designed” items. My one exception may be Sarah Jessica Parker stuff – but so far I haven’t gone after any of it.

becs on

I am all for the environment and helping animals, but come on, how many people can afford shoes that are $300.00.

Heather on

Ok why are we supposed to pay $300 for faux patent leather shoes that are identical to $29.99 faux patent leather shoes at Target? So I can wear her name on my feet? No thanks.

Heather J on

I agree Annie J…I like SJP clothing line, mostly bc its sylish and affordable(really).

MB3 on

I love them- I think they are adorable and very chic. I also think it’s great when celebrities endorse organic/ vegan products. Whether you’re buying faux leather at Target or Te Casan, you’re supporting the new eco trend. It’s about time taking care of the environment became chic.

Diane on

I think that Natalie’s endorsement of these cruelty free shoes is inspiring to at least someone, and that one person made it worth it. I too am a vegetarian and while I can by no means afford these shoes, some eco friendly person somewhere can.

Pixie on

As much as I love animals, I could never wear faux leather shoes simply because I am allergic to anything synthetic. And come on, who would pay $300?

Doesn’t she look like Keira Knightley in this pic?

Kris on

If the shoes are vegan, from what matterial are they made? I can’t find it anywhere on the website. I’m skeptical about whether a synthetic material, possibly made from a boat load of petrochemicals, would be any better for the environment than chemically treated leather.


“It is very difficult to find non-leather shoes that are beautiful and comfortable.”

Yeah, it’s hard to order Stella McCartney online.

claudia on

Nothing special about those shoes, too plain you and the price is not helping.

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