Zora of St. Thomas
Zora of St. Thomas
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We hand make custom made sandals, canvas bags, hand made glass beads made into jewelry, and fused glass plates, bowls, sushi sets and much more
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Elena T
Cambridge, MA1 contribution
Fifteen years ago, I bought a pair of Zora's sandals, and to this day, they are one of the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned. This prompted me recently to return to Zoras's and buy two more pairs! The experience was delightful. Imagine having sandals custom made for your feet! I have gotten so many compliments on my new sandals, and she also makes beautiful beach bags, small purses, passport covers, and has an array of locally made goods from pottery to beautiful artwork.
Written September 17, 2020
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Robert
6 contributions
Solo
Zora has new fun bag and pouches handmade right in her shop. Best sandals handmade to your feet. She also has local island art for sale. If you want a unique island experience stop and get fitted for a pair of sandals.
Written October 31, 2021
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Judy Wheaton
2 contributions
Family
I just bought a pair. It was 3 days the 1st day to get sized the 2nd day to get fitted and the 3rd day they were made but needed to be cut down to the shape of your foot. Loved everyone in the store. Sumner did my complete shoe. Very excited for long comfortable, adventurous, friendship with my shoes.
Written February 15, 2020
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Marilyn B
Lindenhurst, NY5 contributions
I read about Zora's on the airplane to St. Thomas, V.I. I thought I would look into the sandals and decided to buy a pair. My sister and I had sandals made for us. We were on the island for enough time to go back the 3 times needed for personally tailored sandals. There are many options of sandals and they sit you down and try on as many sandals as you like. Plenty of beautiful colors or just plain leather in wine or brown. My sister decided on a low heel, round toe and strap. I prefered a cross strap toe and no strap with a wedge heel with added cushion Both my sister and I are very happy with our sandals.
Written February 21, 2020
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Rebecca B
Gates Mills, OH25 contributions
On our recent trip to St. Thomas we had one mission only: Find Zora and get sandals made. (Okay, two missions: Sandals and bask in the sun with a margarita in hand.) Zora first moved to the island from Ohio. When asked how she began making sandals in 1962, she dryly explains, "Well, I had to do SOMETHING." Her expertise is amazing. Quality materials, perfect fit, sandals that will last a lifetime. (Unless your golden retriever eats the toe loop, then you will package it up, send to Zora, she will fix and return.) Plan on spending hours getting fitted. I also bought a canvas bag in the most lovely green. Wonderful to see Zora and her staff.
Written February 14, 2020
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JMC77777
Virgin islands9 contributions
Solo
I have very high arches so finding the right support has been very challenging...but not any more now that I've discovered Zora:) Her skill and quality is unsurpassed. I work in retail so I spend lots of time on my feet. After many hours of standing these shoes offer the comfort and support I need. A great bonus is I get TONS of compliments on them. When you stop by for yours ask Zora about the metatarsals she can add to the inner sole, I love this feature because they offer a bit of extra support in just the right spots.
I have also treated myself to a few pieces from their awesome light weight clothing line. These garments are perfect for the island weather. There are some bright, fun colors as well as earth tones, they are super comfy too! Everyone I tell about this specialty shop is so happy they stopped in. Enjoy!
Written April 8, 2016
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anothermystery02
Maine18 contributions
Family
I recently purchased a custom pair of sandals. the staff was as rude as is possible to be to a customer prepared to spend well over $250 for a new pair of sandals (in fact, my partner was with me and she was getting a pair, too, bringing our total purchase to over $500). This was my second pair of Zora sandals -- I only returned because my first pair is literally my favorite pair of shoes. I had my daughter (not quite 2) with me and she was treated like a burden and a distraction. When I received my sandals, the heel height was incorrect. I had asked for the third or fourth level of heel, and got the second level. When I'd been in for my second fitting, Zora had suggested that I get the second level, and I refused, asking instead for the higher heel. Clearly she just does what she wants, rather than what her customers are paying her for.

Needless to say, I will never go back. I won't recommend her to anyone.
Written February 27, 2014
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All of us at Zora's remember that day very well. First and for most we would like to apologize for your disappointment during your fitting with us and mostly for making you feel your child was burden. In fact your child was very pleasant up until the point she started screaming for your partner who was at the time being fitted by Zora. As you became more frustrated and your daughter continued to become more upset over the fact she could not be held by your partner who at the time again was being fitted. At this time you handed your daughter off to your partner who was in the fitting chair. It is impossible for Zora to do a fitting if the fitee is holding a bag let alone a restless two year old. Zora politely asked for you and your daughter to finish your steps on the other side of the shop so as not disturb her further because again she was in the middle of fitting an expensive pair of sandals which does require her full attention. This is a meticulous process that is more difficult to complete with someone stomping around loudly voicing their plans to dispute the charge on a custom pair of sandals making our other customers uncomfortable. Regarding the wedge in your sandals we doubled checked everything from the drawing of your feet to the receipt which indicates the buildup of your sandals and from what we can see you were given exactly what you asked for. If we did make a mistake which can happen once in a blue moon, we would be more than happy to replace it with one that would be more satisfying. Again we apologize for your dissatisfaction
Written March 12, 2014
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Ashby G
5 contributions
I have been a customer of Zora's since I was a small boy growing up on the island. My mother would take me there to purchase my book bag for school. The bags are almost indestructible, as an active young man, I give lots of wear and tear on the numerous bags I have owned. And I have only had to throw out one, I had a cat urine on it, and it wouldn't come out.

On another note, I purchased a bag and used it for years. On one horrible day, I was shipwrecked on a neighboring key, which the bag fell into the water. The next day I returned to the key in search of my belongings, which among them was my Zora bag had been recovered in 40 feet of water. After i lathered and rinsed the bag, the zippers and threading were all still brand new! After surviving 24+ hours In rough ocean water, the bag was relatively undamaged. (Water resistant liner had torn up) like tissue paper in bag. And I still use the same bag to this day. Since then I have purchased 3 more bags. I am an extremely happy customer and the money that you pay is well worth the quality.
Written April 10, 2014
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mindeeAK
Chugiak, AK8 contributions
Couples
LOVE Zora's! It's a MUST! My husband and I have been coming to St Thomas for over 10 but are rarely been willing to take the time to shop. Last year we ended up at Zora's and I'm so glad we did! My husband and I had talked about getting a pair in the past, as we'd heard great but had been unwilling to take the time (& money) to have some made. But, IF we were ever going to get Zora's Sandals....it was going to be NOW! SOOO GLAD we did! They are my, and my husband's, go to summer/vacation sandals. They are crazy comfortable and the only shoes that never hurt my husbands feet (high arches). In fact, we are headed back this January to get him a pair of year round shoes. Know this: Shoe making is serious business and Zora takes the task seriously. :) If you do you will have life long shoes and an amazing experience to go with it! In addition to sandals they have amazing local art, pottery, batik, fabrics, bags etc. Zora's gives you a lifelong gift and memory from the islands instead of tourist trinkets.
Written November 6, 2016
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Steve W
Outer Banks, NC53 contributions
Couples
We had heard about Zora for several years but never had time to stop by as we usually stayed on another island other than St Thomas. This past February we purposely spend an extra day on St Thomas just to visit Zoras. The whole experience was great, Zora is an amusing and wonderful lady. We did our initial measurements and returned a week later for post fittings. They mailed they sandals to us about 4 weeks later. It finally warmed up enough to wear they and we are amazed. We love them, a little tight at first but perfect fit after a day or so. Some think they are somewhat on the expensive side but if you can go to the Virgin islands you can afford a good pair of sandals from Zoras. Try them out, you won't be dissapointed.
Thanks Zora, promise I stop by next year.
Written April 26, 2016
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