Why leather? Leather is the ultimate covering and has been for thousands of years. A genuine leather product will last for years and even decades. It can be fashioned into almost any style. The above leather belt I personally make. You will notice I kept it plain and simple. This belt will probably last 100 years if properly taken care of.
The China syndrome: Buying a leather product that comes from China is probably not leather, but a made to feel like leather. Bottom line, it will probably last only a year or so. So when they say it is leather and it is from China it probably isn’t true leather.
My belt story: In 1987 I purchased a belt, much like the one you see here. I remember that year well, because it was the year I bought my first Goldwing Motorcycle. I had stopped at a roadside house that sold souvenirs and they had these style belts. So, I bought one. It is now some 30 plus years later and I am still wearing that belt. The leather never failed me in all those years, but the metal buckle wore out and I had to replace it.