When I choose gear, I seek out versatility. I appreciate pieces that work on the trail and in my daily life. Gear that has multiple uses saves money, space and time, three precious and elusive commodities.
So when it was time to add a new pair of kicks to my spring repertoire, I sought out the Forsake the Maya ($114.95), the newest shoe from Forsake and one that they’re positioning as being suited to both urban and outdoor environments.
Putting the shoes on for the first time, I immediately could tell how comfortable they would be. The Maya has an upper with proprietary VentureKnit nylon and a mesh lining that helps it breathe beautifully, and keep toes cool.
On a hike, I found the Maya outsole to be rugged enough for more challenging trails without being over-engineered. The TPU overlay on the toe box meant extra protection, without unnecessary stitching that could cause abrasion and annoyance on a longer hike. I could feel the support from the footbed from the beginning of my hike to the end, and didn’t get the foot fatigue or knee pain that you might expect from a crossover shoe.
I did feel that my pair was a bit roomy – if you ever bounce between shoe sizes, I would size down on this pair. I had a merino wool sock on that was pretty minimal, but a thicker fabric could also compensate for a roomy fit if you go for your typical size.
Overall, the Maya was comfortable and durable enough for all-day wear and for a moderate hike. It looks great with streetwear and stylish enough to wear to work for a day out and about. A trail shoe that blends in to daily life – exactly what I was looking for.
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