I suppose it is time to throw my shoes away when the soles start to separate from the shoe, flapping like a mouth everywhere one walks and when random street-dwellers mutter at you, “Belilah kasut baru!” (Malay for “Buy some new shoes!”)… Damn hoboes.
So, out went the old and, with a couple of friends, I went to Kota Raya Shopping Complex to shop for my new pair of shoes. Now, the thing about shopping for shoes at Kota Raya is this: you can get a pretty good pair of original “unoriginals” (bootlegs, to my American friends) at prices too good to be true. For instance, a pair of “authentic” Nike Shox shoes is listed for RM99.00 (about US$26.00), a steal compared to the normal price of RM300.00 (about US$75.00).
The only problem with these too-good-to-be-true prices is that they are for suckers.
Even at these bargain prices, you have to haggle because the shoes can be bought for far, far less. But, how do you haggle for prices? Well, follow these few principles and you should be alright: