Well, that's my opinion about mrpseakers' leather Comfort Strap. I think it's great. Same for his Alpha Pads comfort..."luxurious" comes to mind.
RE: Velour Pads - I've tried numerous mod configs with Shure Velour pads. I cannot make them work. The velour sucks out everything from 500 Hz, down, causing a Very steep roll off of -15 dB and funky humps in the upper mids and lower treble range With My Mods. I applied electrical tape to the inner "walls" of Shure velour pads which lifted the FR by 3 to 7 dB from 20 Hz to 500 Hz. I then added electrical tape around the outer "walls" and this lifted the FR by 7 to 10 dB from 20 Hz to 500 Hz, but that's still not enough for good bass and lower mids, IMO/IME...YMMV.
Pretty much the only was a Velour is going to work on that is over a closed cell foam and near as I know nobody manufactures that particular combo.