Sorry, but neither Roger nor I work for Starboard, and are half way around the globe from headquarters so we aren't able to provide an answer to your request for info about the footstraps. They aren't my favorite either, but it was easy enough to replace them. I'd rather have a board that I like, and change the footstraps than to buy a board that had foostraps I liked but the board wasn't so good. Those a just my opinions, since you asked. Others may have other opinions.