Finding that perfect balance between stiffness for power transfer and flex for easy hiking in a women specific shoe is easy because you've just found a pair of Shimano SH-WM63 Women's Mountain Biking Shoes. They have a stiff injection molded plate so you can race them, and when the time comes for walking/hiking, a lugged rubber sole give you the cushion and traction you need.
Women's specific fit ready for racing or performance mountain biking
Women's specific fit offers a lower, narrower, heel and lower volume toe area
Aggressive injection-molded mud-shedding tread pattern provides excellent traction when off the bike
Reinforced plate in the outsole transfers your energy straight to the pedals
Synthetic leather upper features mesh panels for breathability and comfort
Easy to use secure fitting micro-adjusting buckle strap is backed up by two offset and cuttable hook-and-loop closure straps that eliminate hotspots