Anyone got these boots?? How is the quality?

Reason I ask, is I've been using my brothers that he bought last year.

I figured they were leather (he said he got em for around $250)... anyways, I'm not a insane rider, so my boots have never touched the ground when I've been riding, but my question is that boots have been peeling on the toes in the front.

What causes this? I mean if they were real leather this shouldn't happen... is this bad quality??