How to Buy Leather Gloves

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Everyone deserves to have a nice pair of leather gloves, and they deserve to have gloves that fit correctly. If you are buying leather gloves for a gift, it's important to know a bit about the material, fit and construction of the gloves. Here are some ways to know it the gloves you are holding today will last and be appreciated tomorrow.

Shop for quality.

Pick a material. Leather gloves can be made from a wide array of choices. From sturdy pig-skin and deer-skin to a more pliable kid skin (Goat) They may be lined with silk, wool or even fur. What are you planning on wearing these gloves for? Warmth or fashion.

Choose a great fit. If you are buying a gift of gloves, it helps to know the person's size, or you'll have to stick with buying stretch gloves. You can get a close estimate of the size needed by measuring around the knuckles at the base of the fingers. This will give you a good base size to try. If the glove wearer has long fingers or fat fingers this must be taken into account, also. A good fit is one where the fingertips reach down to the ends of the glove fingers and the glove crotch should fit snugly against the finger base. You should be able to wiggle your fingers.

Check the construction of the gloves. Good construction is an indication of quality gloves. If the thumb isn't properly sewn, it limits the flexibility of this very important joint. There are two types of thumb joint to look for, English and Bolton. Driving gloves should have an extra piece sewn into the base of the thumb for extra flexibility. If these are taken into consideration, then the construction is quality.

Check the stitching. Gloves made well have a special stitch, the pique stitch, where one piece of the glove overlaps the other and it is stitched that way. It makes for a very strong seam, one that lasts. The pique stitch is found on high-end pricey gloves.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leather gloves fit snugly and stretch with repeated wear.
  • All gloves bought as a gift should be purchased at a store that allows returns or exchanges.

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