We have been waiting for these shoes for a while and it was worth it. The Mion Current sandals are like nothing else on the market. The look is both high tech and highly organic...a cross between a robotic hand and something spongy. Totally wild.
Like the Mion website states...these are "performance footwear for a water planet." As such, these shoes are designed (open-slot shell, threaded lacing, super gripping sole) to work well in the water.
The main shell is composed of a non-water absorbing material. The toes are protected by a closed area in the front. The frame is made of eight "ribs" with lacing which pulls the shoe around the foot. Each rib can adjust independently, but is connected by the lacing system.
The lacing is made from the same type of cord used in rock climbing ropes. The cord is threaded through out the entire shoe, including the heel. This allows the wearer to just pull the cord and lock it into place. It is highly unlikely it will ever need replacing. We are not sure how we could replace it if we had to.
The footbed is made with a material Mion calls "Ergomorphic", which means it will mold to the wearer's foot over time (after about 12 hours of wear), like a custom ortheopedic support.
The shoe is VERY light weight. It almost feel like you are in your bare feet. There is a light springy feel to the step and the grip is unbelieveable...at least on the office's maple floors :-) The channeling in the sole is designed similar to the treads on a tire...it allows water to move out from under the foot in all directions.
We are looking forward to trying out these shoes in the water. We have specific booties for windsurfing, but are thinking we may try using the Current in their place. The Mion Current may work just fine because the grip is suppose to get stickier when they are wet! We'll try them out and let you know.