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**These would include nylon, polyester, burlap, and any dime store point of purchase spinner quality slide throughs / NATO's.
Acceptable woven straps would be those made from medium or heavy weight ballistic nylon, or medium to heavy weight cotton canvas. I've seen very cool straps made from linen canvas but the cost approaches crockagator.
Good quality rubber straps are great on watch designs it compliments.
And also beware of inferior leather straps.
The mark genuine Leather means practically nothing. Goods marked genuine leather are a cost effective alternative to high grade leathers. They are made from an intermediate cut, are stiff, mechanically textured, and sprayed for color. Oftentimes bonded goods , the worst grade, get marked as genuine leather.
Top grain leather is an acceptable choice. Essentially a veneer cut (skeeved) from the top of a hide which may be mechanically textured. The quality of top grain depends as much on the quality of the backing materials and attachment method (preferably stitched) used as it does on the quality of the leather.
Full grain leather, preferably vegetable tanned, comes from the full layer of the top of the hide is the best choice. Full grain leather maintains the natural graining of the animal, is the most breathable, is soft and long lasting, and will develop a patina over time. Bridle leather also falls into this top tier.
If you're going to do it, do it right goddammit.