Looking at having my sister get this shoe...
Looking at having my sister get this shoe as her first one, my only question is how well does it work for women? Its the shoe i thought would work best for her, but the vast majorety of the reviews below are by men.
Yeah they will work well for her just be sure to size them appropriately and know that they will likely stretch up to a full size.
I have a bunch of female friends that have worn these shoes at one point or another. The laces allow you to crank down the shoe to accomodate a lower volume foot. The heel cup might be a little loose on the sides, but in your first shoes, you probably aren't going to be throwing any gnarly heel hooks. I'd say go for it, or look at the La Sportiva Tarantulas or Nagos. The Tarantula Lace Ups are similar to this shoe, with a slightly narrower fit, and the Nagos come in a women's version. Good luck!