Winter is coming, but before you spend time digging through the bottom of your closet to fish out that pair of knit gloves you’ve had for years, recognize this: it’s time to upgrade. You already knew that, but your grandfather-like practicality shines through when it comes to stuff like this—why buy something new, like a scarf or gloves when you already have one that works just fine?
We’ll tell you why. Remember that business trip you took last winter where your hands nearly froze off because you knew that the gloves you had weren’t appropriate to wear with a suit or around your boss? Exactly.Leather gloves are business-approved, they’ll last forever, and no, you won’t look like OJ. We promise. Check out 18 of our favorites.
H&M Leather Gloves
If you want to try out a pair of leather gloves but not sure if you’ll actually like them, go for the cheap option. These gloves from H&M will only cost you $15, but look like they cost way more. No one has to know.
Carhartt Insulated Leather Gloves
Carhartt specializes in making rough-and-tumble gear that’s built to last, and these insulated leather gloves are no exception. Made from cowhide and available in black or brown, these will last you a lifetime, whether you’re wearing them on your way to the office or doing work outside (or both).
Sir Jack’s Deerskin Gloves
You’ll find a lot of leather gloves made from deerskin due to its suppleness and dexterity. Available in a yellow-ish brown hue, these gloves are perfect if you tend to lean toward wearing blues instead of blacks.
Iron & Resin Buffalo Bobber Gloves
Simple and no-frills, these Buffalo Bobber Gloves are made out of 100% premium grain buffalo hide leather, and feature a cinched cuff to ensure a snug fit that will keep you extra warm when you’re out in the elements.
Scotch & Soda Leather & Suede Gloves
These gloves from Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda combine leather and suede to create a high-class, unique look. As a bonus, they also feature an elastic cuff that will create a tight seal around your wrist, which you will appreciate when you’re trudging to work in negative temperatures.
Best Made Co. Elkskin Ropers
Best Made Co. specializes in creating outdoor work gear that actually looks nice, and with these Elkskin Ropers, they do exactly that. Crafted out of 100% heavyweight elkskin (which is much more durable and abrasion-resistant than cowhide), the gloves are designed for cattle roping, but even if you’re desk-bound instead of a ranch-hand, these will be great to wear, and will surely stand up to whatever you throw at them.
Suit Supply Green Leather Gloves
While everyone else is sporting the regular brown and black leather gloves, you can stand out by wearing this deep emerald green pair from Suit Supply. Crafted out of supple vegetable-tanned leather, the gloves are wool-lined for extra warmth, and feature a snap closure on the wrist to keep them secure.
Red Wing Nutmeg Buckskin Leather Gloves
Red Wing might be known for its indestructible shoes, but it’s a brand that also cranks out quality accessories. These buckskin gloves are an example of that—crafted from high-quality deerskin leather in light brown (they’re calling it “nutmeg,” but let’s get real) and lined with warm Thinsulate material, these will quickly become your favorite gloves.
Dents Flannel and Leather Gloves
If you want to look like a real gentleman, invest in these flannel and leather gloves from UK-based Dents. Crafted out of 100% sheep leather and green and brown flannel, these gloves will look just as good on the street as they will on the table of a wood-paneled pub while you’re warming up from the cold with a glass of whiskey.
Autodromo Stringback Driving Gloves
While these are technically driving gloves, you can wear ‘em even if the only time you spend in a car is when you’re in the back of a cab. Modeled after driving gloves from the 1950s, the gloves feature a cotton crochet backing with a sheep leather palm in rich oxblood.
Cole Haan Lambskin Braided Leather Gloves
Cole Haan specializes in making work-appropriate gear for the modern man, so it’s no surprise they have these Lambskin Braided Leather Gloves on offer. The braided leather backing makes them unique (but not in a flashy way), and the cashmere lining makes them ultra-comfortable.
Club Monaco Washed Leather Gloves
If the reason you’ve resisted buying leather gloves is that they feel too confining, take a look at these gloves from Club Monaco. Made out of washed leather (available in multiple colors), they have a roomy, broken-in feel while sporting a vintage look. They’re also lined with a wool/cashmere blend, which means you’ll probably never want to take them off.
Coach 3-in-1 Leather Gloves
Yes, Coach makes the bags your girlfriend lusts after, but they also make high-quality goods for guys like you. These 3-in-1 Leather Gloves can be worn multiple ways (the wool and cashmere lining can be removed on days when it’s not especially frigid) and manage to look dressy and casual at the same time.
APC Wool-Lined Leather Gloves
Simple and no-frills (you can barely see any stitching), these wool-lined gloves from APC are perfect for wintry morning commutes.
Paul Smith Leather Gloves
Crafted in Italy, these black leather gloves have a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll in them, with the belted snap at the wrist and the wool-ribbed cuffs.
Brooks Brothers Deerskin Cashmere-Lined Gloves
We know that Brooks Brothers knows how to make a good suit, but you’d be surprised at their attention to details when it comes to accessories, like these deerskin cashmere-lined gloves. Crafted in Italy, they’re available in brown, but we love them in navy.
Thom Browne Cashmere-Trimmed Leather Gloves
Thom Browne is often credited for helping men embrace tailored suits rather than the baggy clown suits they had been wearing since the ‘90s, but aside from suits, he also makes great accessories. Made out of 100% sheepskin leather, these cashmere-lined gloves also feature preppy striped ribbed cuffs to make them a little more casual.
Bottega Veneta Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves
Spending nearly $500 on a pair of gloves might seem crazy when you can get a pair of knit gloves for $12, but listen—if you take the plunge and invest in these intrecciato-weaved brown leather gloves (which, of course, are cashmere-lined), you’ll have them forever, and get a ton of compliments.