One of the reasons I believe duffel/toggle coats and fireman/cameraman coats are so popular is due to their unique closure hardware. When it comes to spending a lot on clothes I guess the devil is in the details. In the same vein as the aforementioned coats, there are some cool shoes coming out this S/S that utilize this very same concept. Stalwart designers and brands, such as Mark McNairy and Yuketen, are releasing shoes that expand on the traditional eyelet and lacing systems you see on most shoes. Being that I'm not the biggest fan of other unique kicks I am pretty stoked that some folks out there are rethinking how we tie our shoes (at the very least how these elements look). Details like these make an interesting argument, either for or against depending on your point of view, in regards to utilitarianism. For now I'll just stick with "super cool".
[Editor's Note: Seeing all this unconventional eyelets/lacing has me thinking of these when they first came out. I guess it's just my inner hooligan.]