Vines Islandwear™, founded in St. John, US Virgin Islands with a sister office in Nashville, TN, features a modern hybrid of fashion+action, lifestyle sandals made FOR women BY women. Female and U.S.-owned by Michelle Pappas of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Liz Ylitalo Eckert of Nashville, TN, Vines Islandwear provides women with a comfortable, fun, eco-friendly footwear experience!
Liz and Michelle began their journey selling a traditional, handmade version of these fun and comfortable sandal designs that have historically been and are handcrafted in various parts of the world. Not long after beginning to vend these popular sandals on the streets of St. John, USVI, however, we realized that we could and should improve on them... the way they fit, the quality and sourcing of the materials, the extra details we dreamed of adding that would take a great sandal and make it both extraordinary and eco-friendly. The dream of developing our very own, unique Vines Islandwear sandals was born. Sandals that we - Michelle and Liz - since 2016 - personally created side-by-side, together with our talented sandal designer and shoemaker, Mauricio and Vines Family, in Leon, Mexico.
Since 2016, we have have been meeting one-on-one with our North American suppliers-testing, experimenting, and "making better." We've taken everything we've learned over years of helping and watching our customers try on sandals - and we've vastly improved on a traditional concept - not just in fit - but in the quality and intention of every single detail. It was important to us that we personally met face-to-face with each supplier of each detail of our sandal - from the stitching to the soles to the braids - and we did!
Our Team is our Vines Family, and we look forward to introducing you to the fabulous people who create your Vines with LUV. We know each individual who glued your soles, tied the knot on your hangtag, cut the liner, and put the finishing touches on the sandal on your foot!
OUR ORIGINAL COLLECTION
In our Vines Islandwear Original sandal collection, we have maintained the foundational characteristics of what initially made these types of sandals so LUV'd - comfort, light weight, femininity, personality... but we designed them with the highest quality polyester cording and polyurethane lining, dangling Vines charms, a more flexible and feminine cut and shape, comfort EVA, and even memory foam heel inserts!
Our custom soles are fun AND eco-friendly - developed with a blend of recycled tire rubber you can feel GOOD about. And certainly not least, we've infused a gentle Tropical Coconut scent™ into our soles - bringing the island to your feet, wherever you may wander.
Stay tuned as we continue to expand our Vines Islandwear LUV lines with new sandal designs and accessories - this is only the beginning! While we currently design and sell Vines Islandwear sandals crafted specifically for women, we are exploring an expansion to kids' and men's sandals in the future!
Vines Islandwear sandals are available in whole sizes 5-12. They fit "true-to-size" to narrow.
Q: Do Vines run "true to size?"
A: Vines Islandwear sandals run "true-to-size" to small/narrow. If you are a half size, we suggest rounding up. If you have a high or higher arch or a wide or wider foot, move up a whole size. Many women can wear multiple sizes depending on the style and preferred fit (a tight hug vs more wiggle room). Unless they have a narrow to average foot, most women who traditionally wear sizes 9 and up can move up a whole size without issue for more breathing room. Using the slip knots, our sandals can be slightly adjusted to best fit your foot size & shape.
Q: Are Vines adjustable?
A: Vines side cord knots give a little room to adjust the fit and hug. Loosen and slide the slip knots up and down the sides of the sandal to create your best fit. Move the back side cords backward to hug slightly looser, or forward for a snugger fit. It makes a difference...try it!
Q: Will my Vines stretch?
A: Our Vines' webbing is made with very high quality, 100% polyester cording. Because of this, your sandals won't stretch, but they will give to your foot as you move and groove. With our webbing's fit and material, your cording shouldn't rub or blister. If your feet tend to swell throughout the day or in the heat, we suggest sizing up to give yourself that extra breathing room.
Still not sure? Email us at email@example.com with your questions or concerns, and we'll help you out! Or if you'd prefer to try them on, see where you can find Vines in-store near you!