don’t know what the scene is like in Sweden, but don’t worry pal, you’ll find of loads to like in Taipei/Taiwan. At least, the scene here is miles beyond what I can find in Canada. The only warning is that you pretty much have to be a US size 8 or smaller. I’m a US size 12 so being here is just incredibly frustrating.
As for rare sneakers, yes, go to Ximending. There’s a few stores there with ‘rare’ sneakers (aka. most stuff you see on ebay going for bannana prices). If I had an address or a name, I’d tell you. But you’ll love to go and explore Ximending anyway, so just go and search it out. The sneaker watching there alone is worth it (the Taiwanese have a lot of fun with sneakers). And while not rare, almost all of the regular sport stores have an amazing variety of colours and designs. Another good place to find quantity of sneakers is Shilin Night Market. A lot of shops.
If anyone has an idea where to find big, size 12 sneakers, please let me know ASAP!
Oh, and Eddie G, when you get over, send me a PM. I’m a sneaker fiend and haven’t found another person here whose as passionate as I am when it comes to footwear.