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Mion Tide Scramble

rated 5 of 5 stars

Mion is no longer in business, and the Tide Scramble has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best water shoes for 2024.

photo: Mion Tide Scramble water shoe

Immensely comfortable, breathable and light, despite their bulky appearance, the Mion Tide Scramble takes on streets, trails, and streams with ease. My feet are well protected in the neoprene booty which is caged by puffy foam ribs.

The Gripstick sole is siped and very grippy on every surface I've encountered outdoors. I don't go running up painted walls and bounding on metal poles and such, so I wouldn't know about that. Siping means there are thin slits cut into the rubber which open up only when traction is needed most. This makes it more durable than a lug sole and superior on smooth surfaces, but you won't get the same traction on dirt and grass. The rubber is no Stealth (thank God, these are non-marking), but it definitely outclasses most others.

Cushioning is much better than a typical water shoe. The molding insoles that come with every Mion shoe are very pleasant to the feet. Once I figured out the laces, my feet felt supported and stable. The wide, rounded base should minimize danger to the ankles.

As for the appearance, they are not some sleek fashion-friendly shoe, but I like the way they look. It just takes some getting used to.

Materials: Neoprene and other synthetics
Use: Short hikes, fastpacking, daily use,
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 12 oz
Price Paid: $40

Previously written review of the MION Current sandal; love 'em!

This Tide Scramble sandal may be an older model; insert is sewn in. Would like to be able to exchange with other shoes. Anyway, these are very large, compared to the Current. Still, they allow me to walk without the brace my shredded posterior tibial tendon would otherwise require.

Took Current and Tide Scramble on tour from San Francisco - Nevada - Oregon - Washington, then up the Inside Passage NCL lines thru Ketchikan; Juneau; Skagway; Prince Rupert, B.C. Best for the deck and side trips. Wore Tide Scrambles on Salmon trip out of Clover Pass, north of Ketchikan. Rainy & fishy; just GREAT!!

Still so sad these are being phased out. Only hope someone picks up on the superior foot bed and sole system; I'll keep buying.

One problem with the last statement; these things LAST!! Wore Current every day since Christmas of 2007. Planning on taking same thru Montana next week. Maybe I'll wear out first. Buy 'em while they got 'em...

Materials: Foam & cord
Use: All walking. Could run, if so inspired.
Break-in Period: None.
Weight: About 1 pound each foot.
Price Paid: $50 +/-

Excellent work shoes, seen as weird by others.

I bought these as cheap work shoes (clearance nobody wanted in local store). I got strange looks and laughs from other people. I found I could wear these all day, no sweat not tired feet, only single pair socks in winter up to -12. other shoes i used to wear three pairs.

I wore them out after four years everyday wear. I am longing to find another pair. My children call them multipla shoes (ugly- like family Fiat Multipla).

Source: bought it new

Great shoes, perhaps the best I've ever owned. Rugged and long lasting.


  • Rugged
  • Waterproof
  • Long lasting


  • They don't make them anymore.

Best shoes I've ever owned. Still wear my first pair daily after 10 years. It's a shame they're not made anymore. Nothing compare.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180

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