The Brasher Mayan/Inca is a traditionally styled sandal with leather straps, which has not changed in design or price since last year. The straps have Velcro fastenings so they are easy to adjust, while comfort is enhanced with soft padding on the inside. The straps are wider than some others to offer a little more support and protection for the foot. The footbed uses memory foam so that it moulds to your foot, and this is very comfortable and complements the comfort of the straps well. The outsole has a pattern of closely packed lugs that provide reasonable grip on less muddy surfaces, and there is some good stiffness too to make uneven terrain a little more comfy. Use this for general travel and country walks, and it will be fine. But compared to synthetic sandals with a more performance-orientated sole unit, the Brasher Mayan/Inca is not so great. Others are better on mud and even forest paths when tree roots can cause discomfort underfoot. The styling is very traditional, so this won’t appeal to the more style-conscious walker. The main drawback though is that the leather straps will be slower drying than synthetic options.
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 India
Stores in the UK 72
The Brasher Mayan/Inca is ideal if you prefer a traditional leather sandal and use it for gentle country strolls and travel rather than anything more challenging.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011