I have over 40k miles in old-style cleats and straps with no problems and yes I did use them properly to get the 100% powerstroke in the cadence (used to race so I learned that valuable skill). Only time I got sore feet is if I used tennis shoes instead of cycling shoes.
Obviously, some definately prefer and are better off with clipless (my 'bent is much better with clipless), but for some of us weirdos, old school is often better, i.e. steel touring frame versus other. Not trying to start a flame war, I'm just a old school cyclist thinking about the "good old days" .
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!