Let us praise Natalie Portman. In a world of train-wreck starlets, she stands as a beacon of good sense and great taste, not to mention ethical decency. Now you can walk a mile in Portman's shoes: Today, the Te Casan web site is launching pre-orders of Portman's own footwear range, a collection of 20 totally vegan looks for both the street and the red carpet. Portman's collaboration with Te Casan marks the actress's entry into the crazed universe of celebrity self-merchandising, and raises the question: Why shoes? "As a vegan, I don't wear leather, fur, or feathers," Portman explains. "Shopping for clothes hasn't proved too difficult, but finding chic footwear has definitely been a challenge." That challenge was no doubt felt acutely by Portman's stylist, Kate Young, who helped set up the Te Casan partnership. "We met with Kate and Natalie to discuss what Natalie was looking to do," recalls Te Casan president Yaniv Shirazi, "and it was immediately clear that this would be a fantastic collaboration. There are so few animal-free collections out there, and Natalie's ideas were really great, in terms of style." An added bonus, for consumers who like to clothe themselves in a clear conscience: Portman is donating 100 percent of her proceeds to The Nature Conservancy. http://www.style.com/trends/blogs/style_file/2008/01/best-foot-forwa.html And a link to the actual shoes: http://www.tecasan.com/Content.aspx?Page=Designer_info&Designer=natalie I actually LOVE the red patent mary janes. They are so hot! I am seriously considering a pair, especially seeing as all the proceeds go to charity. How cool of her to do that!