Closure and Fit

With the front page today featuring an “advanced lacing system”, I was curious what the design community thinks of such ideas.

In case you missed it: Yankz Shoelace tech: Easy-on, easy-off - Core77

Most of the time, it would seem that any design discussion related to footwear is about upper design, some sole design, and sprinkled in comments about flex/ function.

So I beg the question, what about the design related to fit/ closure and the different methods? (ie- SpeedLaces, Yankz, Boa Lacing system, velcro straps, buckles…)

Do you think they work? Why so many designs with “standard” laces?