The Brasher Mayan (women’s version Inca) is a good-looking sandal if you like traditional styling with a leather upper. It has comfortable straps thanks to the neoprene backing on them, and the leather itself is very soft and supple. The straps get Velcro adjustment in two places, and the forefoot strap has a wide area that protects the foot better than most sandals. Both straps provide more adjustment and control of fit than some other sandals. The footbed uses memory foam so that it moulds to your foot, and this is very comfortable. Underfoot the sole unit is reasonably stiff to take the worst of the strain out of uneven ground. The outsole has a pattern of closely packed lugs that provide reasonable grip. Use this for general travel and country walks, and it will be fine. But walkers who are young in body or mind may not like the Brasher Mayan’s traditional styling, while the use of a leather upper means these are going to be slow-drying too. The outsole lug pattern is better than some, but others are better still on mud as this clogs very easily. Other sandals generally offer a little more practical performance.
Upper full-grain leather, neoprene padding
Sole Brasher Open, EVA cushioning
Sizes 7-12 (men’s Mayan); 4-8 (women’s Inca)
Weight 760g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 57
Verdict: The Brasher Mayan/Inca is a great option if you like the classic traditional styling but it is slow to dry and not the best for grip in mud. Best kept for travel and country strolls.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009