People.com Lifestyle Style Natalie Portman Turns Shoe Designer! By Staff Author Published on January 17, 2008 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email 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.