As someone who buys running shoes more frequently than is sane, I shrugged at the news.
Despite their reputation, I found Queensway and Peninsula Plaza to be horrible places to shop for shoes. They may have the variety and the latest, but the prices suck.
For me, the best place in Singapore to shop for running shoes is actually IMM, near the Jurong East MRT station.
A close second is Changi City Point (behind Singapore Expo) on the other side of the island.
I love the outlet stores.
Even if you don't drive, it's now much easier to get to IMM from the MRT station by walking through Westgate Mall and using the bridges linking Westgate to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital to Devan Nair Institute to IMM.
Here's how to find most of the popular brands at IMM:
I make my pilgrimage to the Nike Factory Store practically every week because the stock moves so fast, I can almost always find new stuff there. (However, I do feel that the similar Nike outlet at Changi City Point is slightly better.)
Look for great deals under $100.
You can also find a small selection of Nike shoes at the IMM Royal Sporting House Outlet.
There's a regular Nike store at Westgate.
The Adidas Outlet at IMM is much bigger than the ones at Changi and Velocity@Novena, but the selection of running shoes can still be quite limited. For example, I have yet to see the Ultra Boost at any of the outlets.
The IMM Royal Sporting House Outlet also offers a modest selection of Adidas shoes.
The IMM New Balance Outlet is similar to the Changi one.
The IMM Puma Outlet is similar to the Changi one.
The brand may be popular with housewives, but Skechers have been making some pretty legit running shoes in recent years.
The IMM Skechers Outlet is bigger than the Changi one.
Disappointingly, IMM doesn't have an Asics outlet store. Only Changi City Point does.
But you can find a small selection of Asics shoes at the Royal Sporting House Outlet and Outlet 360.
There is also a regular Asics store at Westgate.
SAUCONY, UNDER ARMOUR, REEBOK, MERRELL
You can find these shoes at Royal Sporting House Outlet. I bought my discounted Under Armour Speedform Gemini shoes here and I highly recommend them.
MIZUNO, SALOMON, HOKA ONE ONE
The World Of Sport Outlet has a respectable selection of discounted Mizuno and Salomon shoes.
The Hoka brand was just introduced to the Singapore market last year. So the range of Hoka shoes at the IMM World Of Sport Outlet is still very small but can only grow.
BROOKS, NEWTON, INOV-8
Sadly, you can't find any Brooks shoes in IMM or even in Westgate or nearby JEM, but Jurong Point has a SportsLink store with a wide range of discounted Brooks shoes.
Remember my motto: Never pay full price!