In case we thought that Natalie Portman’s avowed vegetarianism was merely an attempt to get around kashrut issues when dining out, Miss P takes her devotion to live animals one step further by having created a line of $200 vegan shoes.

According to the online report, “The Natalie Portman Collection arrives February 2008 online and at the NYC boutique located at 382 West Broadway. The shoes are available for pre-order on January 15. 5% of all vegan shoe profits will be going to charity.”

Now you can pamper your inner Amidala without harming any animals, and still walk a mile in Natalie’s shoes.

(Hat tip to ChloeJo)

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  • And for a mere extra $200.00 you can probably get them with a hechsher from the O-U saying they are Kosher to wear on Tisha B’Av.

  • And what do the other $190 pay for? Cheap shoe stores mostly stock shoes made of non-animal materials and even many upscale shoe brands offer vegan shoes by now (dressy ones at that) for less. BTW, hair-dyes and cosmetics usually are animal-tested unless you get your eyeliner at The Body Shop.

  • Heh. I saw this in the Jan. 2008 issue of Vogue (page 182 – is there anything I won’t read? bold and mismatched graphic patters are what’s in this spring ladies – just so you know – mix a bold floral skirt with plaid stockings! Aqua! Violet! Peony! Everything goes!).

    Anyhow… ya beat me to it… You may want to look at some of the anti Natalie comments that this story has elicited like this one found at JustJared : “Doesn’t this Jewish princess have enough money already? I mean does she really need to hawk shoes too? Go back to Israel and lob grenades at Palestinians you beyatch.” Thanks “Denise Richards!” You’ve added much to the conversation…

  • ck, reading Vogue is one thing, but do you also use the facial cream freebies that come with those mags? 😛

  • Love animals, but I love a suede or pony hair pump too too much.

    Sarah, there are many, many cruelty free cosmetic alternatives these days.

    I don’t care what Vogue says, wearing more than one print at a time pretty much guarantees that you’ll look like a jackass.

  • “Organic”, “natural”, “pure mineral” and similar labels do not denote that the products are free of animal testing. You can do more than one print if you’re a) tall enough, b) keep things in the same colour scheme, and c) don’t layer too much stuff on top of each other as layer looks shorten the appearance.

  • Hooray! FYI: There are plenty of great nonleather shoes on the market for much cheaper, too, including at Target and Payless (huge selections at both) and online catalogs like VeganStore.com (Pangea).

    A shoe without the moo means you’re avoiding cruelty too! Steer clear of leather, and all the steers will be happy. Go to http://www.CowsAreCool.com for more info.

  • Sarah, to me, only the label “not tested on animals” denotes that the product is free from animal testing. Go figure!

  • Having lived and regularly going over there (and stocking up on my make-up over there thanks to the fortunate exchange rate), I think it’s not a label I’ve seen on any make-up product sold at Duane Reade or on any of the more upscale products sold at larger department stores. My Straight Edge friends go for The Body Shop.

  • The vast majority of cosmetics are tested on animals. For people who care and are willing and able to seek out very specific brands for there are options. Some website has a list of cruelty-free companies, though many of them are subsidiary companies of larger corporations that do test on animals.
    I’ve never used a Tony & Tina product and as such can’t vouch for their quality, but I know they at least used to be sort of upscale and not tested on animals. The Body Shop is a perfectly good and accessible cruelty-free solution, though. I love their lip glosses. Burt’s Bees isn’t exactly cosmetics, but they do sell hair and skin care products, none of which are tested on animals.

  • Oy..Sarah, please be careful not to swallow any lipstick that doesn’t have an o-u on it, especially around Pesach time, it’s not good for your Neshama.

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