Originally Posted by mijotter
Can leather, even real leather, last longer than 5 years with it still looking nice?
IIWY I would avoid bonded leather like the plague. It isn't leather. It is a synthetic material made with leather fiber and a plastic binder, like vinyl.
Full grain or top grain is the way to go if you can. But even split leather is better than bonded. FWIW there are lots of grades of leather in any category, from butter soft to hard as a rock. And you will get what you pay for.
If the price of good leather is too much for your budget, IMHO it would be better to go with microfiber.