> I extended the front of the gaiter to cover all the shoe laces then put a little hook under it to hold it down there.
Yeah, I know what you mean. The front does cover most of the laces, and I am experimenting with hooks as well. They are a bit of a pain in some ways, but maybe the benefits outweigh the problems.
By using uncoated light Cordura for the top at least they are not too sweaty. I have Goretex ones for the snow - one place where GoreTex has some advantage.