I made this for a guy in the UK who prefered straps and buckles over snaps for adjustability. I think it is really cool! You can see his stuff at http://gregxmusic.com. Now about the cuff: The back is black. On the top I have sewed a piece of Alligator Skin leather. Its not real alligator; but it is leather. The leather has been embossed with an alligator skin pattern. I put brass grommets on it and threaded black lace thru the grommets. The buckles are new for me; they are called Strap Buckles and they lay pretty flat and look really cool. I am going to incorporate them into some other stuff. The cuff is 2.25 inches wide and sized to fit your wrist when you order.