by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Fashion
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As we mentioned back on Christmas Day, the beautiful Natalie Portman has helped create a new vegan shoe line. Yesterday, the actress kicked off the launch with a party at Te Casan in New York City. Ironically, while Portman follows a vegan lifestyle when it comes to fashion sense (no products made from animals), she’s admitted that she’s not quite there on the food side of things. Which makes this quote from the shoe site all the more puzzling:

“As a vegan, it’s been challenging finding designer shoes made of alternative materials. This collection offers a great selection without compromising quality or style.”

What do you think? Is Natalie a full-fledged vegan now or living by the fashion definition?

Portman’s shoes will be available online at and at the NYC boutique located at 382 West Broadway. 5% of shoe profits from her line will go towards charity. Jump over to JustJared for all the photos.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Ashley

    Apparently she’s just made the switch to full vegan…it was mentioned in some magazine she recently did an interview with, alongside Scarlett Johansenn.

  • michael

    Great news, Ashley. Thanks so much for the update!

  • The Human Museum

    She was filming in Toronto last year and came into the restaurant I chef at. She ordered the fennel and orange risotto, which was vegetarian, but includes goat cheese. So as Ashley said, it must have been a fairly recent switch.

    She was entirely pleasant.

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  • Andrea

    Regardless, it’s great she’s raising the profile on vegan fashion and showing that trendiness does not need to require supporting industries that abuse animals.

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  • Patti

    While I commend her efforts, I feel it’s only a small step in the vegan shoe industry. Only a small portion of the female (or, hey, sometimes male) populace wanting beautiful fashion shoes are going to be able to afford them.

    Might as well buy plastic Payless shoes. Or, you know, thrift town.

  • Jennifer

    I agree with Andrea. It’s great Natalie is supporting vegan fashion no matter if she’s “just” vegetarian. She’s inspiring young people to shop with a conscious and compassionate heart!

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    •”Natalie Portman’s Vegan Line”

    What’s the difference?™ has been selling vegan shoes online since 1998 from a back bedroom in London. Production is so far as possible in the UK and a new vegan pump has just been launched on a 1″ heel with a 2mm black microfibre upper, cambrelle-like lining and rubber non-slip sole. If you want to buy it in a proper shop you can drop in at VX 73 Caledonian Road N1 Tuesday-Sun 10.30-6.30. Shoes can be sent to the US.

    If you want some of the Portman, they are on a heel that looks like a stilt and cost $183.

    So:™ shoes are made in the UK
    Natalie Portman’s vegan line is $183.

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