Unless you're training to race or actually racing, a super-stiff mountain shoe might not be the best choice. A lot of newer mountain shoes are designed with versatility in mind...that is, you can walk or hike in total comfort without scraping your cleats or slipping on them. Giro's Petra Women's MTB shoes are shaped for a woman's foot, they have lugged rubber soles for excellent walkability, the cleat is recessed so it's not noticeable when walking, and they're lace up for ultimate fit and comfort.
Rugged synthetic leather uppers offer a comfortable, flexible fit with a women-specific shape
Nonslip laces allow you to personalize the fit, hidden lace holders keep them from getting in the way
Molded EVA footbeds with medium arch support discourage arch fatigue and enhance comfort
Internal shanks provide good pedaling stiffness and flex for comfort while walking
Lugged outsoles provide sure traction when you're traipsing about off the bike