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.
18 Snoplanks Asym Fish . 18 US Orbit . 18 Arbor Terrapin . 17 Lib x Lost Mayhem Short Fat . 17 NS Maverix . 17 NS Twenty Five . 16 NS Swift - 14 TJ Brand Retro Fish
17 Rome Katana . 17 Burton Malavita Wing . 16 Burton Genesis X
16 Flow Talon