I recently read an article about Natalie Portman’s new shoe line. I happen to be a huge Natalie Portman fan. She has a great down to earth style. That said, I was really disappointed with the thinking behind her shoes.
Portman designs shoes for Te Casan. Her shoes are vegan. When I first read about these shoes, I immediately clicked on the link with one question in mind – how much does that cost? It turns out they are not as expensive as I thought. The average shoe is $300. Now I personally consider paying over $100 for a pair of shoes a splurge, but I was thinking in celebrity terms. However, that does not change the fact that $300 is more than someone with an average income can afford.
Compare the price of Natalie Portman’s shoes to Manolo Blahniks. Her shoes seem more reasonable. However, I am not meant to feel like I am victimizing a poor innocent animal if I don’t have Manolos. Actually, having Manolos symbolizes a certain amount of expendable income without shame. Having them can define you within society’s larger class structure and is often the reason people buy them. Meanwhile, NOT having Natalie Portman’s shoes, i.e. not spending $300 on shoes, apparently means I’d rather walk around with dead animals on my feet than the overpriced synthetic vegan stuff. Now I’m an animal killer because I can’t afford synthetic shoes. Even if I splurge on 1 pair of Natalie Portman’s shoes to support her cause, I have 8 more shoes made from animals. What’s the point? I’d like to know what Natalie Portman’s lipstick is made out of.
Going green is becoming the new Manolo Blahnik. Going green means you have lots of green.