I'm with you on both accounts. As soon as I tried my first toecap strap on a set of Burton Cartels I bought back in '04, I knew I'd never go back. Same with laces when I got the original Salomon F-boots with speedlacing in '03.
15 NS Ripsaw . 14 NS Proto HD . 14 NS Cobra . 13 Gnu Space Case EC2 . 2013 Salomon Pow Snake
14 Now Drive . 13 Now IPO
14 Flow Hylite