dirtIsForGirlswrote a review of Vans Gravel Shoe - Men's on August 15, 2011
Although this is technically a Men's shoe, the unisex sizing makes this a good option for female riders. I normally wear a 6.5 in US Women's sizes, and the Van's Gravel size 5 is an excellent fit. Fit is similar to the Van's Rowley XL3. Sticks to the pedals, stiff sole, and super comfortable. I would definitely recommend them to other female riders.
Bonus: They are completely free of the color pink, flowers, butterflies or other horrifying nonsense commonly found on women-specific gear. Hurray!
Note, for strict veggie riders, it is difficult to determine if the upper is real leather or synthetic. They look synthetic, the website says they are synthetic, but the shoe tag says leather (see photo)