|The Good Old Days?
The notable exception in sports equipment is the use of buckles for alpine ski boots. However, it appears that laces still work well for snowboard boots. I am certainly pleased that alpine ski boots have evolved from the leather laced boots I first used in the 1960's. I vividly remember a spring ski day at Mad River Glen in the 60's when my leather laced boots were saturated with water and no amount of lace tightening would give me any reasonable control of my skis. Fortunately that was my last day with laced leather ski boots. New plastic boots with adjustable buckle enclosures became the normal boot for the future ski days.
I wonder what other technologies have prevailed as long as shoe laces. Does anyone have any suggestions?