If you’re the type to exercise or workout, you may have been on a tight spot when it comes to your attire. You may have asked yourself the next stream of questions. Should you buy new sports outfit, or will your cotton shirt and shorts do? How many sports bras do you need? Should you get another pair of running leggings? Are your shoes suitable for your type of exercise? How much is a pair of decent running/sports shoes? Where can you buy quality pairs of sports shoes?

To help you out, I will walk you through 9 (or so) good shopping spots in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur where you can buy quality and trendy running/sports shoes at affordable prices. Hey, it’s possible!

1. aL-ikhsaN

al-ikhsan sports shoes
Image Credit: al-ikhsan.com

For branded shoes at a steal, look no further than aL-ikhsaN. They offer an array of brands. From Nike and Puma to Adidas and New Balance, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The cheapest pair of Adidas starts at RM139. aL-ikhsaN is an authorised dealer so there’s no need to worry about counterfeit products here. There are a number of aL-ikhsaN stores in KL alone, from Gateway Mall to Sunway Putra Mall, and you could even purchase these sports shoes and other sporting gear online with them.


  • KL Gateway Mall, Lot 1-01 & 1-30, Level 1, KL Gateway Mall, No. 2, Jalan Kerinchi, Gerbang Kerinchi Lestari, Kuala Lumpur 59200
  • Sunway Putra Mall, Unit No.4-80, Fourth Floor, Lot No.100, Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur

2. Sungei Wang Plaza

Sungei Wang front entrance
Image Credits: Sungei Wang Facebook

Sungei Wang Plaza can be considered as the most popular and most recommended place to shop for shoes and other fashion pieces. Located in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, it is frequented by both locals and foreigners. It has hundreds of stalls and shops selling footwear, clothing, and accessories at cheap prices. Scouting for the perfect running or sports shoes for yourself will be a challenge, not because of lack of availability, but because you have an entire plaza of 7 storeys to choose from!

Sungei Wang’s brand and store offerings are mainly targeting young shoppers. Merchandise designs are modern and trendy. The mall also presents customers decent restaurants and coffee shops for when your feet are tired from all the shopping.


  • Sungei Wang Plaza SWP Box No. 009, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur (near Bukit Bintang station)

3. Pertama Complex (TAR)

Pertama Complex by UDA Mall, near Sogo Complex at TAR Malaysia
Image Credits: udamall.my

Located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR), this shopping complex is often overshadowed by the more well-known Sogo Shopping Complex and Maju Junction Shopping mall on the same road. The multi-story complex boasts of some dozen shops selling sports apparel at a discounted rate. If you’re looking to compare prices within walking distance, this hidden gem might be it.


  • Pertama Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR), 50100 Kuala Lumpur

4. MO Outlet

MO Outlet
Image Credit: meliumoutlet.com

MO Outlet, also known as Melium Outlet, is another stop shop for designer fashion at discounted prices. The visual merchandising preserves the high quality image of the brands, and the 40% to 70% slashes off the original prices are absolute steals. If you’re looking to run or play sport in designer, you might find your rubber shoe pairs here.


  • 63 Jalan Tasik Utama 3, Lake Fields, Sungai Besi, 57000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

5. The Reject Shop

Reject Shop Malaysia selling a variety of discounted items from clothes, bags and sports apparel
image Credits: metrojaya.com.my


The Reject Shop showcases popular Western brands’ off-season and discontinued collections. Most sizes available are the biggest making it a good shopping spot for the older generation or people with bigger and longer built than average. If your built is not that of an average Asian, you can find good quality, branded footwear at The Reject Shop. The Reject Shop has branches in different parts of Malaysia.


  • Brem Mall Kepong L2-41, Jalan Kepong, Jinjang Selatan, 52000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6. Petaling Street, Chinatown

Petaling Street
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Petaling Street is perhaps most notorious for its knock-off designer clothes, bags, and accessories. The best thing about shopping here is that you can haggle for prices, but if you’re looking to buy the real thing at street prices, you’ll have to be very careful because it is quite unlikely that you’ll find them here. There’s a reason why some say it’s better to purchase sports shoes at Bata than at Petaling Street. However, if you keep your eyes peeled, you just might find some good bargains.


  • Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (near Masjid Jamek station)

7. Why Pay More

Mid Valley Megamall's Why Pay More outlet selling sports shoes at discounted rate
Image Credits: Mid Valley Megamall

Sports shoes can be bought at bargain prices too at Why Pay More. They’re usually sold at clearance prices because the shoes and other sporting gear are from last season so expect to find yourself digging through Why Pay More’s sales rack. Check their bargain bins for the cheapest shoes you can find in a mall. Just note that these shoes aren’t going to be the latest designs so perhaps you should get them for their form and not their fashion.


  • Mid Valley Megamall (Lot T-018, 3rd Floor) 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur     

8. Online — Zalora

zalora sports shoes
Image Credit: Zalora

This may be cheating a little, but if you find a pair of shoes you like while shopping outside, you might want to check out its price online first. Just by checking out the sales section of Zalora, you could find sports shoes that could go for up to 50% off! (That’s the highest discount we saw while trawling their Sales section.) Zalora carries brands such as Asics, Onitsuka Tiger, and Under Armour on top of the usual sports brands.


  • Zalora Online

9. Online — SportsDirect.com on Lazada

lazada sports direct
Image Credit: Sports Direct | Lazada.com.my

Another online store we can look out for is SportsDirect.com on Lazada. We may shop at their retail outlets or on their online web store, but with Lazada on our side, we could get sports shoes for cheaper than usual from SportsDirect.com through them. That, coupled with discount codes, cashback with ShopBack, and buying a pair of sports shoes on sale, could really help you save a lot of money on your sports shoes.


  • Lazada Online

Now you know the places and where they’re at. Did they make it to your itinerary or weekend shopping plans? We’d love to know! Let us know your thoughts on the comment section below.

*Disclaimer: An earlier version of this article may have implied that we support the sale of counterfeit goods. That is not our intention and we have redacted our paragraph.

First written 8 Sep 2018, updated 22 Jan 2018.