You know what’s underrated? A really great pair of gloves. None of this touchscreen nonsense or self-heating hoopla; no gimmicks sewn into the fingertips or gadgets wired into the fabric. Just a solid, snug pair of good, reliable gloves.
They have to be leather, obviously — and made to last. If your gloves are springing holes or unravelling at the wrists after just a couple of years, you’ve obviously not invested well enough. And it really is worth investing. Think about it — we buy sturdy leather boots to protect our feet from cold spells, so why don’t we give our hands the same treatment? Below, we’ve rounded up the softest, supplest leather gloves for winter.
For fur-lined luxury, Pickett’s Deerskin Gloves
First up, the most luxuriously lined gloves we could get our hands on (or should that be in?). Crafted from decadent deerskin, these furry gloves from Pickett are lined with ultra-soft rabbit fur for comfort — and feature subtle three point detailing on the back of the hands.
Pickett Men's Fur Lined Deerskin Gloves
For business attire, Aspinal of London’s Leather Gloves
Of course, there’s a time and a place for fur-linings — and your working week is not one of them. Instead, if you’re looking to cultivate a sophisticated city-going look, there are few options better than Aspinal of London’s sleek, slightly-glossy leather gloves. Hand-crafted from soft, supple Italian nappa leather, they’ll pair perfectly with a trimly tailored suit.
Aspinal of London Men's Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves
For full, fur-lined coverage, Loro Piana’s Shearling Gloves
And you thought those rabbit-lined gloves were rakish. Never ones to be outdone, Italian fashion house Loro Piana’s take on this winter accessory is a shearling design; lined with lambswool and with a longer, gauntlet-like cut to do battle with any inclement weather you might encounter. A feel-good glove if ever we slipped one on.
Loro Piana Shearling Gloves
For durability, Dent’s Mendip Leather Officers Gloves
Ever heard of ‘Hairsheep Leather’? We hadn’t. Luckily, Dent’s has — and the British brand uses this extra fine, particularly durable type of leather to create its versatile and reliable Officers Gloves. So-named for the military men who have long-adopted the design, these wool-lined offerings also feature palm vents so as not to impinge on wrist movement. Handy.
Dent’s Mendip Men's Wool Lined Leather Officers Gloves
For value, Hestra’s Frode Elk Leather Gloves
At the lower end of our leather glove price point are Hestra. Reliable, soft and (predictably) Scandinavian, these thick, textured gloves are cut from hardy elk leather — sourced in Sweden before being lined with wool and lightly insulated with a breathable foam. If they’re good enough for the Scandi crowd, they’re good enough for us.
Hestra Frode Wool-Lined Full-Grain Leather Gloves
For an investment, Mulberry Men's Soft Nappa Gloves
Finally, and in a lighter shade of brown, these Mulberry gloves are a true investment piece. They may not afford you the same versatility as a simple black pair, but the 100% nappa leather is so rich and buttery that these gloves with only ever get softer with age; moulding and contouring to the fit and shape of your hands year after year.
Mulberry Men's Soft Nappa Gloves
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