I really like how the drawstrings clip into the side of the boot and are out of the way the entire time you're riding. no loose strings hitting your legs. It only took me two months two figure out the strings could be UN-attached from the binding.
I just rode again today and realized why I love the Watson's. they're almost too comfortable. In my opinion, I think they actual allow you to ride more because they don't kill your ankles with shock.