I just got some basic leather straps with toe cages on the front. they are great once I am in them. My problem is how much of a PITA it is to get my left foot in the cage while moving. Sometimes I get lucky and the pedal flips just right and I can slide in, but usually I have to ride for some distance with one foot on the underside of the pedal while trying to get in them. I do not have them very tight either.
Are there better straps or toe clips to consider in this situation?
I commute and am not interested in clipless, so let's just eliminate that option.