Ryka is one of the best manufacturer's of women's athletic shoes; they were certainly the first to understand that women's feet aren't just smaller versions of men's feet, but have some other distinct differences, and Ryka made and still makes shoes designed just for women. They've been expanding their line outside of just athletic shoes, to include things like hiking boots and even clogs.
My feet are narrow and often difficult to fit. I have low arches and weak ankles, with a tendency to pronate, so I need shoes that provide all-around support and all-day comfort. I found that in Ryka's Sport Walking Shoes. I got them from QVC, at an introductory price of $44.16, plus taxes and shipping; the regular QVC price is $48.50. The shoe comes in four colors: navy, gray, black, and brown. I chose black; they go with everything.
This shoe is built like a hiking boot; it comes up around the ankle. The upper is made of a durable suede and "ballistic mesh" and is treated to be water resistant. The rubber outsole has a deep tread for great traction. Because North Dakota winters are cold, but not always snowy, these make a great winter shoe for me. They are warm enough, with winter socks, but not as hot as snow boots can be. They transition easily from indoors to outdoors, and in my climate, from fall through winter to spring.
The sole provides the arch support I need, and the upper provides ankle support. The tread makes them great in winter snow and ice. They are a stylish shoe for an active life, with a good color and size selection -- and they're true to size, too -- and with a price of less than $50, I'm giving these shoes a solid five stars.