It might surprise you that with ratchet systems, Boa and a bunch of other mechanical systems that offer a precise fit, that the humble Velcro strap system is incredibly popular with the Professional Cyclist.
The most obvious reason is weight. They are the lightest adjustment system around, and offer a great fit. The less obvious reasons are twofold. Firstly in the advent of a crash the Velcro will remain functional, which sometimes isn’t the case with mechanical systems. Many of these are replaceable so the shoe can function post repair.
Secondly, and probably less talked about, is that the three velcro option is more aerodynamic. The sleekness of the design allows the air to flow in a cleaner fashion.
I have a pair of three strap Northwave shoes, and its only after riding in them for 15-20 minutes that you remember how easily adjustable they are. But what it does expose, compared to mechanical systems, is that you really need a solid gripping heal cup (thankfully the Northwave’s have one).
So next time you’re looking for a new pair of shoes take time to consider a pair of three strap shoes, but avoid a two strap shoe, you just won’t get the best fit.
Peter made a comment about the shoes (see comments section) so I thought I’d add a few images from other riders who have opted for a three strap shoe at some point in their career.