Why Everyone Should Own a Pair of Leather Gloves - HIDES

Why Everyone Should Own a Pair of Leather Gloves

Leather gloves have an appeal that is undeniably timeless. For hundreds of years, people have worn them for their superior durability and quality craftsmanship. More recently, movie stars and other celebrities have helped cement leather gloves as a must-have accessory for the fashion-conscious. Whether you’re working in the day or playing at night, a good pair will change your life. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of leather gloves and share some of our top picks!

Superior Durability

Leather products are famed world-wide for their superior durability and ability to withstand the test of time. Gloves made from genuine leather are especially tough, originally designed to protect the working class from harsh elements and workplace hazards. Whether it be hot sparks and coals from metalworking, or scrapes and ropeburns from farming, these gloves have acted as barriers to protect our hands for centuries. Now, both working-class and business professionals continue to wear leather gloves as their trusted and true form of defence for their skin.
Leather, especially that of top-grain quality, is one of the most durable clothing materials available. With proper care, a pair of leather gloves can last decades. While the initial investment might cost more than a polyester alternative, you won’t have to replace your gloves for many years. That’s why we recommend choosing a pair of genuine leather gloves that exhibit true craftsmanship and will protect your hands for decades to come.

Heat Insulation and Lining

A known benefit of leather products is that they retain the body’s natural heat. Much like an animal, the hide is a thick layer used to keep your body warm. Leather gloves offer a thick exterior layer, designed to trap your body heat from escaping. This method keeps you warm without using bulky cotton or polyester materials.
Most gloves made from leather will come with some form of lining, whether it be standard polyester or luxury Thinsulate insulation. Thinsulate is a synthetic lining used to insulate clothing like gloves and boots and is designed to trap heat while releasing moisture. This helps you stay warm and dry, regardless of the elements. Leather gloves with Thinsulate lining have reached the highest echelon of handwear.  
man standing beside a car wearing brown leather gloves

Water Resistance

Along with durability and heat insulation, these gloves offer a natural water resistance that can’t be found in synthetic materials. When treated, the exterior layer of the leather is slick and smooth, allowing water to bead off, rather than soak in. This is why leather gloves are much preferred in damp climates and during the rainy season. 
If you live in a particularly wet or humid part of the world, these gloves will prevent your hands from getting damp, cold, or even freezing. Leather gloves aren’t absorbent like cotton, which means they won’t maintain moisture. Especially when paired with Thinsulate lining, leather gloves are the best type of handwear, and will keep your fingers warm and dry. 
Even if you choose a breathable pair of leather gloves, like these lambskin leather driving gloves, you’ll still be protected by the natural water resistance they offer. If you’re looking for a more heavy-duty pair of gloves for outdoor use, we recommend these Thinsulate lined leather gloves.

Grip and Functionality

If you’re looking for a pair of work or driving gloves, leather is your best option! Leather gloves offer the best natural grip of any material. Their exterior is tactile and sturdy, providing the wearer with a supreme level of support. This is especially useful in work gloves, as you’ll want reassurance that you won’t lose your grip while carrying a heavy load.
Leather driving gloves offer tactile support and luxury comfort. They have an added grip for steering and are often quite breathable. Our driving gloves allow for maximum breathability and mold themselves to fit your hand. 
In the age of technology, these leather accessories also come with built-in touchscreen-friendly tips, letting you use your smartphone without having to take your gloves off. This is especially useful on cold winter walks, saving you from having to choose between texting your friend or keeping your fingertips!
man getting on to a motorbike

Leather Gloves in Fashion

Leather gloves offer a level of sophistication that can’t be matched by synthetic materials. Whether you’re wearing gloves for work or fashion, gloves made from premium quality leather exude luxury and class. Decades after their invention for the working class, these gloves become a status symbol among the elite. At the time, it was inappropriate for men and women to walk in public with bare hands, and only the wealthy could afford genuine leather gloves.
To this day, they have maintained their status as a fashion staple, and have developed over time to assimilate themselves with everyday life. From winter wear to evening looks, people have used leather gloves to compliment their wardrobe. At Hides, we offer a variety of fashionable leather shades.

Made in Canada: Our Top Picks

At Hides, we offer a variety of luxury leather goods, from clothing to accessories. Our leather gloves are 100% handcrafted, designed in Canada, and made from the highest quality of top-grain leather.
men's black leather gloves
Our top pick for the best men's leather gloves of the 2021 winter season are the Leather Winter Gloves for Men in Black
“These gloves are handcrafted with the finest quality of leather that moulds itself to fit your hand perfectly.”
Other details about these gloves include: 
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made from extra-soft, vegetable-tanned, cowhide leather
  • 100% handcrafted
  • Designed in Canada
  • Touch screen tips: for use with smartphones
  • Thinsulate lining
women's leather gloves
For women, the best leather gloves for winter 2021 are the Lambskin Leather Driving Gloves for Women in Tan.
“Made to last, this 100% handcrafted pair allows maximum breathability.”
Other details about these gloves include:
  • Made from extra soft lamb leather
  • Designed in Canada
  • Touch screen tips: for use with smartphones
  • Soft and breathable, unlined for maximum flexibility
man sitting on a motorbike wearing leather gloves

How to Choose the Best Gloves for You

If you’re looking for a simple way to class-up your wardrobe this fall, invest in a quality pair of leather gloves. Here are some questions to ask yourself and how they can help you can find the best pair:
  • Why do you need leather gloves: are you using these gloves for work or fashion? If you’re in need of heavy-duty industrial gloves, look for ones with rubber grips and proper lining. If you want fashionable gloves, go for a sleek look, with some driving gloves or thin winter gloves.
  • What style of leather gloves do you need: are you looking for thin driving gloves or thick winter gloves? Driving gloves and winter gloves are very different. Make sure you know which type of glove you’re looking for before you get started. Driving gloves are thinner and usually don’t include a warm lining. Winter gloves, on the other hand, are thick and should include a polyester or Thinsulate lining.
  • What is your budget: how much are you willing to spend on leather gloves? These types of gloves can be expensive, but they also last for years. Remember that you’re investing in a quality product that you’ll be able to wear for many seasons, and won’t have to replace as often. Sometimes, you can find great deals on leather gloves.
  • Where are your gloves made: do you want to buy locally made products? Supporting local business has always been important, but especially now more than ever! If you have the opportunity to support local businesses and crafters, please do. All our leather gloves are handcrafted and designed right here in Canada!