If we wanted to we could make them obsolete. I pretty much never use them. If I do have a pair of trainers with laces then I will tie them once and that's it for the life of the shoe (unless they come undone!). Hooded tops, whip that lace straight out.
Haven't worn any studded footwear for a while so I don't know what is happening there.
Why is the laces industry still up and running? Some shady government shit?