After struggling with broken SL laces, I swapped for traditional laces. If your going to splurge on anything. Start with boots, more specifically, these ones. These boots have a medium stiffness to give you enough support without limiting motion. They also have a high density foam outsole (tech talk) that means that they are strong, durable and super light. I like my boots snug, but these have a wide toe box that gives me some breathing room, and enough space for toe warmers on those super duper cold days.
I have custom ALine footbeds so heatmolding wasn't really necessary. If you don't have footbeds, you can heat mold at home. I suggest rice: http://www.yobeat.com/2012/12/04/how-to-heat-mold-your-boots-at-home/