All Sole Survivor Leather belts are REAL Leather. Each belt is cut fresh from the hide and made one at a time by a human being. Buckles and hardware are quality solid brass, chrome or stainless steel. Because the belts are real leather, they do not split, crack, peel or crumble. Because the hardware is of the best quality, you can expect years of high performance. The bottom line is that you can expect your Sole Survivor Leather Belt and buckle to last a good long time!