by Ali Berman
Categories: Fashion, Film/TV, Vegan.
Photo: Les Mis

Whether you loved or hated Anne Hathaway’s recent choice of bondage-style boots for the Les Mis premiere, we’re guessing everyone will adore the custom vegan shoes that were made for her character Fantine.

Costumer designer Paco Delgado told Footwear News about Hathaway’s shoes, “She’s vegan, so we couldn’t use any animal materials on the shoes for her character Fantine. We had to find very specific shoemakers to create lace-up boots and ankle boots. We also did flats that were much more sophisticated.”

Fantine’s story begins in the year 1815, a pretty incredible time for fashion and shoes. Unfortunately, the only time we glimpse her footwear in the trailer, we see a pair of pretty worn looking flats. As an impoverished woman who, out of desperation, sells her hair and her body to stay alive, we can’t say we expect her shoes to be ultra glam. (Understatement.) But, it is delightful to see that Hathaway is serious about her commitment to animals.

Maybe Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik and Hathaway could all become brunch friends, dishing about wool alternatives and eating tofu scramble.

Check out the trailer for Les Mis, and get excited. It comes out on Christmas day.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://twitter.com/kelelovesinfo Kele

    Yeah, Alicia Silverstone, who eats cheese at parties if she’s drunk enough. Right on the level with an actress who’s ethical commitment is strong enough to have costume designers work around leather shoes and other costuming issues. Maybe we can also reference Bill Clinton (who eats fish) as being the role-model for veganism again.

    I genuinely don’t judge people for eating whatever they feel best eating, despite my strong ethical beliefs on the subject, but I wish people wouldn’t use labels that aren’t true of them. If you primarily eat a plant-based diet but sometimes eat fish, say that. Don’t say you’re vegan with a mouthful of cheese.