The Best Leather Gloves for Men

Leather gloves can be designed for work or for more formal occasions.
Leather gloves can be designed for work or for more formal occasions. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Determining the best leather gloves for men depends on how they will be used, when they will be worn and personal preference. Generally, leather gloves are a classic dress option for men, especially in cooler weather. Some gloves are designed for more casual use, whereas other leather gloves are intended for fancier or more formal occasions. Gloves can come in a variety of options, including color, material, lining options and closure options.

Types of Leather

The type of leather used for your glove will often be determined by how you will be using your gloves. For formal or business attire, choosing gloves made from lambskin will provide an elegant and clean-cut touch to your outdoor cold weather attire. Lambskin and elkskin are among the most supple of the leather options, and because of this, they are not suited to heavy-duty wear and tear, or even for extensive daily labor. For more durable glove options, there are pigskin gloves (similar in appearance to lambskin, but thicker and less supple) and shearling. Shearling gloves tend to be larger and designed for heavier uses as they are fully lined with fur and tend to be bulkier.

Closure Options

Having an elasticized closure or felted elasticized cuff closes off the opening of the glove so that less a cold air or snow is able to enter the glove. Having an elasticized or cuffed closure for gloves tends to give a less classy and clean-cut appearance to the accessory, but they are also more practical. For gloves designed for manual labor, having an elasticized closure is useful because it makes the glove easier to take on and off. An alternative closure option for leather gloves for men are button closures. These provide a more elegant finish but are less suitable for easy removal.

Lining Choices

Leather gloves for men can come in a variety of lining types, depending on personal preference and climate restrictions. Dress gloves tend to have thinner lining options, sometimes using only satin or satin-like cloth as the lining. For added warmth, Thinsulate or microfiber can be used. Also, cashmere linings or thin wool linings are popular for dress gloves. For gloves that are designed for heavier uses, having thicker wool linings are genreally preferred for their breathability and warmth. Shearling gloves have a natural lining of wool/fur on the inside.

Leather Alternatives

Good leather alternatives are availbel for men who may not want to wear leather gloves, but still appreciate the appearance of leather gloves. Vegan alternatives include pleather and kevlar. Both materials are mass manufactured to look like leather. Kevlar has greater durability than pleather, although it is more difficult to find than pleather options. Both types of alternatives can come lined or unlined, depending on personal preference.

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