A pair of classic leather driving gloves are one of the most stylish accessories – and it, of course, only gets better with a matching car. The driving glove dates back to the 1890s where steering wheels were made from uncovered metal (or wood) and there was no heating due to all automobiles being convertibles. Needless to say, that was a cold experience in the winter and could be a burning-hot experience in the summer. But in addition to keeping your hands warm or protected, the gloves also have an important function in ensuring an enhanced grip.
In the list below, we focus on the classic driving gloves where 4 different styles exist:
- The unlined design that allows the finger senses through for optimal grip and driving experience
- The lined design with added comfort that will keep your fingers warm – the best choice for cooler days or driving convertibles
- The full-fingered design with a comfortable fit
- The fingerless design with the fingers cut off for the maximum sensation of grip
And each of the designs come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. To make it easier for you, we have selected our 13 favorite leather driving gloves. Check out the list below and find your own favorite pair…or find the perfect gift for a classic car enthusiast who needs a better grip and a touch of style. Now, get out and drive!
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1. Hand-made Italian leather gloves by The Outlierman
Outlierman offers a variety of gloves and limited editions for the gentleman driver. They are all handmade in Italy and this pair is made from hand-woven peccary and Nappa lambskin. The gloves are super soft and will mold to your hands for the perfect fit. This is first-class design that will look even better with patina!
Available in numerous color options and editions: these are the limited edition cork/tan.
2. The classic perforated driving gloves by Prime Leather
These soft driving gloves are made from genuine nappa leather. They are without lining and with perforated vent holes to ensure a tight but comfortable fit. On the elasticized wrist, they have a strap with a snap button for easy open and close.
Available in 5 colors: black, brown, yellow, tan and white.
3. Italian winter driving gloves by Riparo Motorsports
The winter gloves are made for Italian nappa leather with a soft and warm insulation made of fleece. They are specifically designed for cold weather and have an adjustable wrist strap to ensure a comfortable and tight fit.
Available in 5 color options: brown, camel, black, black with red thread and brown with brown thread.
4. Stylish black gloves with touch technology by Polo Ralph Lauren
This pair of classic black leather gloves are made from 100% leather and have elasticized cuffs, brushed silver buckle and snap closure. As a cool feature, the finger tips have touch screen technology so you don’t have to take off the gloves to answer the phone.
Available in: black.
5. The original James Bond Spectre driving gloves by Dents
Yes, these are in fact the exact model of leather driving gloves that James Bond (Daniel Craig) wore in Spectre! The gloves are made in England from hair sheep leather, sewn with an inseam and are unlined for the optimal grip and driving experience. The fingers and palm are perforated and the wrist is closed with a snap button.
Available in: black.
6. Warm winter gloves in Italian Nappa leather by GSG
The winter gloves by GSG have a cool two-tone design and are made from 100% genuine sheepskin leather. Wool lining and touchscreen sensitivity in the entire palm keep your hands warm and the design is made to look slim even with the insulation. There is a leather strap with snap button on the wrist to complete the look.
Available in 5 different color combinations: black, brown and grey.
7. Traditional wool and leather gloves by Stetson
This is the perfect old-school gentleman’s glove! The leather gloves have a smooth inside made from 100% leather and a warm exterior thanks to the fishbone pattern trimming in 85% wool. The leather strap with a vintage-looking snap button compliments the design.
Available in 4 colors: black-grey, brown, bordeaux and navy.
8. The classic cotton crochet driving gloves by Hungant
The crochet driving glove is a true classic! The palm of the gloves is made from soft Finnish deerskin leather and the top is 100% cotton crochet. With perforated holes in the palm and a tight fit, these gloves are designed to maximize the driving experience…in style.
Available in: tan or black – but you can also choose from a variety of colors.
9. The classic fingerless driving gloves by Pratt and Hart
The iconic fingerless glove is the “bad boy” of driving gloves! Even though the gloves are often used as a stylish accessory, they are also ideal for driving with the grip of the leather in the palm and the direct sensation from the fingers. This pair from Pratt and Hart called “shorty” are made from leather and have red contrast stitching as well as open knuckles. An adjustable strap with hoop and loop ensures a comfortable fit.
10. Half mesh leather driving gloves by Riparo Motorsports
These genuine leather driving gloves have been made specifically with motorsport in mind. The unlined and perforated design ensures an effective grip with a direct sensation. The two-tone design is a more bold and sporty design – perfect for racing events, track days or just a stylish choice.
Available in 9 different colors (one or two-tone)
11. Driving gloves in distressed leather by Milwaukee Leather
The driving gloves by Milwaukee Leather have a raw look thanks to the grey distressed leather made from premium cowhide. They have a classic design with perforated finger panels, open knuckles and a snap wrist closure. To ensure a comfortable fit, the gloves are fitted with a light liner.
Available in: grey.
12. Leather gloves with woven effect by Stetson
Stetson have designed this gorgeous pair of gloves with an amazing woven effect made in leather on the back of the hands. The gloves are perfect for winter use with wool lining that has a smooth feel and will keep your hands cozy and warm. The strap can be adjusted to size and the vintage-looking button with brand embossing nicely completes the look.
Available in: brown and black.
13. Classic brown perforated leather gloves by Dents
The leather gloves by Dents have a traditional full-finger design with open knuckles and perforated fingers holes. In other words, the classic driving glove in a stylish brown (English tan). They are made from 100% genuine leather and have a snap button closing to complete the look. Besides making the original James Bond gloves (see nr. 5 on the list), Dents are also collaborating with the famous “The Suited Racer”.
Available in: English Tan.
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