It certainly is no newsflash for any vegan-fashionistas out there that Natalie Portman recently launched a collection of luxury vegan shoes. Te Casan started featuring her designs on January 15, 2008 and the media party seems to have gained momentum ever since. Criticized by some as a collection that is under designed and somewhat overpriced (even though the designer/actress contributes a portion of sales to charities), we wanted to take another look at Portman’s sleek alternative to high end Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. Walking the red carpet is tricky business these days and green style is surely an attention grabber. Natalie Portman’s new collection is backed by her lifestyle as a vegan and animal friendly, eco-conscious starlet, though, not by PR spin doctors or a need to find a cause as the curtain goes up.

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The Harvard educated actress has definitely put her heart and soul (not to mention her very sexy brains) into her latest collection for Te Casan, and you have to give her credit for highlighting the fact that there was a real dearth of shoe styles for women who wanted ‘un-crunchy’ options for black tie affairs, humanitarian fundraisers, or hot nights out on the town with bare legs and bamboo jersey minis. Portman’s shoes maintain high quality standards and combine faux leather and suede with rhinestone embellishments, super-skinny straps, and flirty pom-poms even (yowza) for an retro-eighties/nighties take on pumped up prom fashion for green girls gone wild(er).

Our favorites are the metallic (pewter and platinum) faux-calf 3 inch PETRA heels and the faux-patent 3 inch PIPPA Mary Janes. Given that gladiator sandals are all the rage for Spring 08, it is super groovy to have a sustainable style alternative with Portman’s high-lacing PAINE faux-suede thong sandals in ‘purple’ or ‘mushroom’. It’s really just the beginning for style tastes that will grow as eco-fashion makes strides in providing options for all women out there, in heels or not.

+ Te Casan