Straps were an issue from the beginning, all throughout the prototype stage. (For those keeping count, there were five prototypes before I got to the Beta, three of those block-only prototypes. Beta = the near final version where only minor fixes need to be made for the next step.) I wanted flexibility for the end-user. In case for some reason that person hated the straps I chose, I wanted it to be easy to replace the straps. Then there's the issue of sizing. Some people like short purse straps, some like long. I lean toward long.