I bought this bag to try help me carry less stuff with me from day to day. Little did I know it would be a success in that arena and be a style sensation! I get so many compliments (please pass them along to the designers.) The strap hooks are sturdy metal and easy to remove if I use the bag like a wallet in a bigger bag. The strap actually tucks nicely in the belt band on the back without too much bulk. I have other Manhattan Portage bags, so I knew the quality of construction would be reliable. Also, I have transformed it from a shoulder bag to a waist bag for hikes and crowded events. If it had a little interior pocket it would be extra perfect, but it is pretty fantastic with the zipped pockets it has.