For the hardcore trail running or marathon runner, the usual “fashionable” sports shoes such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas might not suffice.
Under intense running sessions that exceed 10km, regular sports shoes might not hold up, and instead lead to injury to the knees and feet of the runner over a prolonged period of time.
Instead, specially-designed running shoe brands are needed as they help stabilize and absorb the impact of running.
With such a niche demand, these running shoes might not be readily available in Singapore. Or if they are, they might be quite expensive.
For the offline-inclined shoppers, who feel like they may need to try before buying shoes, here is our top 5 favourite online & offline places to shop for sports shoes:
Top 5 Online Shopping websites to buy Running shoes
Being the world’s biggest marketplace, Amazon offers a huge variety of running shoes, at a variety of competitive prices.
That being the case, you may actually be able to get better deals from Amazon compared to buying directly from the brand itself, as some of the Amazon resellers might offer sale prices or discount prices at any point of time.
Some shopping tips: In searching for the model that you want, do create an account and set your location address to Singapore. Next, once you’ve typed the shoe you’re looking for in the Search Bar, a box that says “Ships to Singapore” will appear in the left side bar. Tick that box, and only shoes that can be shipped directly to Singapore will be shown.
If that proves to be too expensive, you can instead click “Free shipping” in the side bar. All the shoes available that ships for free within USA will show up. You can then forward the parcel from USA to Singapore using parcel forwarding companies for a better shipping rate such as 65daigou, vpost, comgateway or more.
6pm.com is not a running shoe specialty store. However, it’s a sale specialty store.
Hence, whatever choices that you see available online are generally 35% – 70% off the retail price in USA, which is an amazing deal, as quite a lot of the shoe brands in USA are already cheaper than Singapore at full retail price.
As it’s a sale website, they may not have the latest models on the website. However, they would usually have last year’s shoes. In addition, they unexpectedly have one of the best and most comprehensive selection even of popular cult running shoe brands such as inov 8, Salomon, Vibram FiveFingers, Hoka One One, Asics, Newton Running, Brooks and more.
They do not ship directly from overseas, however they provide free ground shipping within USA. Hence you can ship your item quite cheaply from USA, using parcel forwarding services such as 65daigou, vPost, Comgateway or more.
Eastbay has one of the widest variety of brands and range per brand we’ve seen for a running shoe specialty store. It offers a good range for popular running shoe brands from Saucony, Mizuno, Salomon, inov 8, Hoka One One, Brooks and more.
Not to mention, it regularly slashes its price and offer great discounts for some of its shoes – making it sometimes cheaper than Amazon.com.
It ships within continental USA for $7.99 within 5-6 business days, with an additional $1.99 for each additional item. Tap onto parcel forwarding companies like 65daigou or vPost to get it shipped to Singapore .
For international shipping, shipping fees is 28% of the net order total or a minimum of $39.99, and takes up to 30 days from the date of shipping.
Holabirdsports has a wide variety of running shoe cult brands that is not as readily in available in Singapore – from Vibram FiveFingers to Hoka One One, Brooks, 361, and more.
This website also regularly runs “Holabird specials” where they give an amazing rate for certain shoe models. With these great specials, some shoe models can be even cheaper than Amazon at times.
It’s shipping rates are free to ship within continental USA for orders above $25. Ship your item to a parcel forwarding company like vPost, comgateway and 65daigou to
For better shipping rates to Singapore, check out 65daigou.com, vPost, comgateway or other parcel forwarding companies.
A website specialized on selling running shoes, it has a wide variety of lesser-known brands that are popular with the running community – from Injinji Footwear, to Brooks, Spira and Newton Running.
It also provides free shipping for every order within USA, allowing you to tap onto parcel forwarding companies such as vPost and 65daigou which will be able to help forward the parcels to you in Singapore. It does not ship directly overseas from USA.
One drawback is that the variety available per brand is quite limited. However, the prices can be quite good especially when it’s on sale/discount – so it’s still worthwhile to check this website before you purchase your shoes.
Top 5 Retail Places or Shopping Malls to buy Running shoes in Singapore
A shopping mall with a concentrated amount of running shoe-specialized brands to choose from is a great way to figure out what best fits your feet immediately. If you already have certain brands in mind, you could call ahead and ask these shops to see whether they have the model that you want to try, before heading over there. 1
1. Queensway Shopping Centre
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Located at 1 Queensway (near Anchorpoint Shopping Centre and Ikea at Alexandra Road), this mall may seem a little outdated and dull as it hasn’t seen a renovation uplift for many years. However, it has morphed into an unofficial outlet shopping haven for sports shoes as many factory outlet sport shops have congregated here.
Most of the niche sports brands have either set up a shop in this mall, or can be found in a multi-label sporting goods store in this mall.
To mention just a few, Salomon sport shoes are stocked by JW Sports, N-Zone sports and Sports Profile in Queensway Shopping Centre; inov 8 is stocked by S3sports at Queensway Shopping Centre, Asics is stocked at Jeans Arcade at Queensway Shopping Centre among other stores; and Saucony is located at Jeans Arcade and Super Goodluck Sports at Queensway Shopping Centre.
Among all the retail stores, Queensway is the mall that’s our top pick as it has the most variety of brands, and at very competitive prices. Check out multi-brand stores like Athletes Domain, X Alternative Sports, Lockers Bay, Intersports, IRUN, Limited EDT, Sports World and more here.
What’s more, you could stop by Ikea for some kitchenware/furniture shopping or Anchorpoint for some shopping as they have factory outlets for Cotton On, Giordano, Charles & Keith and more there, after you’re done with shoe shopping.
Key Power Sports. #01-35. Tel: 6473 6631
Athlete’s Domain. #01-27. Tel: 6475 5431
Intersports. #03-11/29/30. Tel: 6471 9913
IRun. #01-04. Tel: 6479 0408
Limited EDT. #01-21. Tel: 6476 3835
Sah Sports. #01-49. Tel: 6474 5161
Salam & Sons. #01-19. Tel: 6474 8362
2. Changi City Point
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Located in the east, Changi City Point is a great area for shopping as many of the sports brands’ factory outlets are located there.
Among the notable sports shops are:
1. Asics Factory Outlet – Changi City Point #02-20. Tel: 6538 2382
2. New Balance – Changi City Point #01-09. Tel: 6604 6905
3. Adidas – Changi City Point #B1-16. Tel: 6636 1057
4. Royal Sporting House Outlet – this is a multi-brand store that stocks Saucony, Asics, Puma and more. Tel: 6636 1003
5. Key Power Sports – Changi City Point #02-26. Tel: 6604 8824
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For the”West-ies”, IMM is a good choice as its a factory outlet mall.
The running shoes shops available here are:
1. Royal Sporting House Factory Outlet. – Unit 01-72/73. They have many brands such as Saucony, Asics, Puma and more. Tel: 6567 9308
2. World of Sports Factory Outlet – Unit 01-03 to 07. They also have a wide variety of brands to choose from. Tel: 6425 1035
3. New Balance Factory Outlet – Unit 01-02. Tel: 6563 2026.
4. Adidas Factory Outlet – Unit 01-123. Tel: 6569 5736
4. Velocity @ Novena Square
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Admittedly, this is not the cheapest place to shop for running shoes as these are not factory outlet stores. However, Novena Square is quite centrally-located and offers a decent variety of sporting goods stores in a concentrated location.
The relatively smaller size of the mall also makes it easier to hop from sports store to sports store, allowing you to cut to the chase and quickly figure out which brand suits your feet best.
It also features the concept stores for brands popular with the hardcore running community such as Mizuno, Asics and Salomon, that is not readily found in malls in Singapore. There are also popular multi-brand stores such as World of Sports, Royal Sporting House, Running Lab and Key Power Sports.
The concept stores also offers advanced technology as their service offering, such as measuring your stability, the arch of your foot, and the way you run, in order to figure out the best shoe for you.
Salomon. #01-66/67. Tel: 6258 1755
Mizuno. #01-15. Tel: 6259 3961
Asics. #01-44/45. Tel: 6253 0692
New Balance. #01-39/42. Tel: 6352 1826
World of Sports. #02-68/72. Tel: 6259 9656
Royal Sporting House. #02-53/55. Tel : 6354 1076
Running Lab. #01-47. Tel: 6253 1998
Key Power Sports. #02-48. Tel: 6473 6631
5. Peninsula Shopping Centre
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Another centrally-located place, we recommend Peninsular Plaza mainly for its location and its number of multi-brand stores.
It does not have any brand concept stores, and is generally not known to be the cheapest place to get your running shoes. However, it is centrally-located, good place to quickly hop from multi-brand store to multi-brand store to figure out what shoes are best for your feet based on your running style.
Here are some of the multi-brand stores there:
Athletes Domain. Level 2. Tel: 6337 3302
Champion Sports. #04-38/39. Tel: 6273 1893
Feder Sports. #02-33. Tel: 6336 0492
Limited EDT Peninsula. #01-09. Tel: 6336 3180
Sole Central. Level 2. Tel: 6337 3015
In particular, Jeffrey from Feder Sports seems to be very highly recommended to be the best person to help you figure out the best shoes for your feet. Based on forum feedback, other staff seem to be lacking in experience, while Jeffrey, an ex-national runner, has 20 years experience to figure out the best shoes for your feet.
In summary, if you haven’t figured out what shoe brand/model best fits your feet or the way you run – it’s best to head down to the retail shopping malls in Singapore, where the staff can help assess your shoe needs, and where you can try on and compare different brands all in one location.
However, if you already know what shoe brand/model and size that you want, it’s a great idea to check online at Amazon.com and all the other brands above that we recommended, as you can get real savings even when you’ve factored in overseas shipping, especially with even cheaper rates offered by parcel forwarding companies nowadays. (For more info on the rates of parcel forwarding companies, read our blog here >>)
Wherever you choose to buy your running shoe, happy shopping ! 🙂
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