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Pregnant Natalie Portman is a big fan of bargain sandals

The Oscar winner values comfort over cost for awards season.

Pregnant Black Swan star Natalie Portman will be hitting red carpets in bargain footwear as the race to the Oscars heats up.

Natalie arrived at Sunday's (11Dec12) Critics' Choice Awards wearing a pair of black Steve Madden Shanna sandals, which are available online for just $90 (GBP72), making a point that comfort is a high priority for the mum-to-be this awards season.

The sandals, which got their first public outing in October (16) when Natalie paired them with a Chanel zip-up tweed dress, didn't look out of place at the CCAs, and complimented the actress' Alexander McQueen gown.

She wore them again at the Israel Film Festival Gala Awards in Beverly Hills last month (Nov16), this time paired with a boho maxi dress from The Row that, like her Alexander McQueen creation, sells for thousands. Earlier this month (08Dec16) the sandals were back, at the Vulture award season party, this time coupled with a short ruffled black dress.

Natalie won rave reviews for her maternity style when she was pregnant with son Aleph, now five, and earlier this month, she appeared on America's The Ellen DeGeneres Show and talked about the challenges of dressing a baby bump for endless events.

"It does make you look forward to the day when you can just have your own body on the red carpet," she laughed.

The actress will be spending the holidays considering all her clothing options for next year's (17) big awards shows after picking up a Best Actress prize at the CCAs for her role as style icon Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, and landing a Golden Globes nomination for the project early on Monday (12Jan16).

She's also a frontrunner to score Oscars gold again in February (17).

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