Courtney Dauwalter is the ‘GOAT’ when it comes to trail and ultra running. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s the ‘down with the kids’ speak for ‘Greatest of all Time’ although she is also somewhat of a mountain goat so it could be taken in the literal sense. For, those of you that are unfamiliar with Courtney then, if you’re a fan of all things trail running, we suggest you give her a follow! We are massive fans of her endeavours and achievements and were ultra impressed with her recent wins at The Western States 100 followed shortly after by a win at the Hard Rock 100. 

Update 26/04/24 – she has since won the UTMB in Chamonix and today came third overall in the Mt. Fuji 100, nailing the womens race.

Featured image credit – Courtney Dauwalter Instagram account. 

We don’t think there has been anyone else quite like her although some of you may disagree. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not discounting the efforts of some of the top endurance athletes in the world but it’s her name that adorns the record books at races like the WS100. Only this year she took an impressive amount of time of her own previous course record finishing in an astonishing time of 15 hours and 29 minutes. We did some rough calculations and that equates to 9:18 a mile! With an incredible 18.000 ft of elevation and the first 16 miles trudging through snow, that is no mean feat. She does this all fuelled by cereal, nachos, mashed potatoes, and stuffing!!!! 

Courtney’s Achievements

At the age of 38, Courtney has been winning races since turning professional in 2017. These are just some of her accolades:

  • UTMB 2019 Winner
  • UTMB 2021 Winner
  • Hardrock 100 2022 Winner
  • Grand Raid in la Réunion 2022
  • Hardrock 100 2023 Winner
  • Western States 100 2018
  • Western States 100 2023
  • UTMB 2023
  • MT Fuji 100 – 20024 – 1st woman, 3rd overall

Of course, we would all love to be more Courtney – to be able to deal with the levels of pain and suffering as she can and to be able to just keep running and running. The MOAB 240 is another one of her incredible feats. 

We can’t get enough of her endeavours, and neither can anyone else it would seem. She’s even making merch from her coined phrases “the pain cave” and now has her own brand of dedicated shorts – The Shortney. While we are all reveling in her awesomeness, and wondering how we can be more Courtney, let’s take time to look at the shoes that she wears…

What Shoes Does Courtney Dauwalter Wear?

Ok, we have gone on for long enough about just how amazing she is. Now let’s talk about the question many of you are asking; What shoes does she wear?

As a Salomon-sponsored athlete, it stands to reason she is going to be wearing a pair of Salomon trail running shoes on her feet during her training and races. While many of you may feel that this is solely a financial decision, let’s not forget just how many incredible feats she has completed in them. She does in fact, wear the Salomon S-Lab Ultra 3 (EDIT – she wore the Salomon S-Lab Genesis for this latest victory).



Salomon S-Lab Ultra 3 may confuse you – if you type in Salomon S-Lab 3 Ultra into Google you will discover that they are billed as unisex – there is no differentiation between male and female. 

We can’t promise you that you will become as fast or as hardcore as Courtney but you will be rocking a really decent pair of kicks! I mean, there are worse things that you can do than put yourself in Courtney Dauwalter’s shoes, literally! 

More About the Salmon S/Lab Ultra 3

But let’s take a closer look at these shoes and what you can expect.

  • Weight: 10.9 oz (309g) for a size US(M)9
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Cushioning: Moderate
  • Terrain: All types of terrain

what shoes does courtney dauwalter wear

The Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3 is a high-performance trail running shoe designed for long-distance comfort and durability. It features a firm midsole with EnergyCell+ foam that provides cushioning and responsiveness. The upper is made of a breathable Matryx mesh that is both durable and supportive. The outsole has a Contagrip TA compound that provides excellent traction on a variety of surfaces.

The S/Lab Ultra 3 is a popular choice for experienced trail runners who are looking for a shoe that can handle long distances and technical terrain. It is also a good choice for runners who want a comfortable and supportive shoe for everyday training.

Here are some of the pros and cons of the Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3:


  • Excellent cushioning and responsiveness
  • Durable and supportive upper
  • Excellent traction on a variety of surfaces
  • Lightweight and comfortable


  • Narrow fit
  • Can be hot in warm weather

Overall, the Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3 is a great trail running shoe for runners who are looking for something high-performance that can handle long distances and technical terrain. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it is worth the price for runners who are serious about their trail running and it’s comparable to the many other leading brands like the Hoka Speedgoat