Those looks very nice, where I can get my hands on outside Japan?
The QC factor in Japan is something good to be kept. Both world has its own strengths and weaknesses, however, from a customer point of view, Japanese bespoke shoes are a better package than the British once. I guess it is just the part of culture.
Bamboo, you are correct.
The company is called Kamioka in Japanese, named after Shen-gang in Taichung city, aka the Northampton of Taiwan. It is a Taiwanese company based in Taichung, and Kamioka is their Japanese subsidiary. The bulk of their business seems to come from their OEM contracts. They have a factory in Laos, where these shoes are made. Their head shoemaker, a fellow Taiwanese, was instructed by Eric Cook (yes, that Eric Cook). While I am not certain, I think they may be the one making shoes for our fellow SF member.
They sell the shoes under the house brand named Ingenuity, or `Shinsho`. I understand they are sold in Japan only, for now. Their standard line of shoes aren`t as nice as those samples I posted above though
Here are the shoes sold under the Shinsho name (in Japan)
Here are the OEM shoes they produce (under various brand names)
Edited by nutcracker - 5/3/13 at 5:57pm