RE: Footstrap width
>. Can't say it would be all that good for waves action though...
Well, many wave sailors use their straps incredible tight. I bought a custom from Levi some years ago and it below 5.25". When you got used to it (and made the strap extremely big so that it didn't even tought the top of the foot) this proved extremely nice. But it was pretty much impossible to use with boots.
Otherwise I agree that the straps break in quite a lot. Since I change boards kind of often, I sometimes even keep my old broken in straps and let the buyer get the brand new ones of the new board.