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In case the recent cold front and snowstorms haven’t made it clear, Jack Frost won’t just nip at your nose—he’ll bite your fingers off, too. The mythical man is very unforgiving. Which means gloves—like socks, scarves, parkas and most cold-weather pieces—aren’t just a stylistic flourish, but an essential bit of winter survival gear. A sturdy, insulating pair is the only way to ensure your paws stay protected and ward off Mr. Frost. Of course, the best gloves do all that while looking smart and feeling luxe.
Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best gloves available this winter, from cashmere knit numbers for days that are merely chilly to down-filled leather styles fit for an Arctic expedition.
Nubuck Shearling Gloves
Best Shearling Gloves
These may just look like a standard pair of nubuck gloves, albeit a rather handsome one , but they’ve got something more going for them: a cozy shearling lining. Yes, stuff made with this insulating material often announce themselves loudly, but the contrasting trim and fuzzy bits peeking out adds more texture and richness, bolstering its appearance. It also offers all the warmth needed for winter.
Hestra John Gloves
Best Leather Gloves
When temperatures dip to unbearable lows, reach for this pair from Swedish brand Hestra. The sturdy leather exterior is insulated with Primaloft and, in case that wasn’t enough, lined with soft polyester. They’re elegant enough to wear on the slopes, but they’ll really prove their value when you’re tasked with shoveling snow.
Portolano Cashmere Touchscreen Gloves
Best Touchscreen Gloves
As anyone who has tried to hail an Uber in a snowstorm can attest, gloves and touchscreens are a frustratingly dysfunctional duo. Thankfully, Portolano has a solution in these gloves equipped with touchscreen-compatible fingertips. Knit from two-ply cashmere, they’re functional and warm without sacrificing design.
Barbour Newbrough Gloves
Best Wool Gloves
The same foul-weather fighting power that goes into Barbour’s signature jackets informs these hard-wearing gloves. The upper is made from waterproof wool in a classic tartan, the underside is rendered in supple leather and they’re simply accented with a wrist strap to effectively keep the chill out.
Overland Acer Cashmere-Lined Peccary Leather Gloves
Best Peccary Leather Gloves
You’d be forgiven for not being familiar with peccary leather, which is derived from an obscure wild animal (one protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, which makes the leather even rarer). It is marked by a combination of durability, softness and flexibility—all of which makes peccary uniquely well-suited to gloves. In this pair, the créme de la créme of glove hides is fortified with cozy cashmere lining.
Paul Smith Artist Stripe Cuff Gloves
Best Whimsical Gloves
Gloves don’t often provide a lot of opportunity for whimsy, but ever-colorful Paul Smith manages to inject this classic brown lambskin pair with a jolt of personality. The streamlined design is secured with shiny silver studs and finished off with a knit cuff that features the brand’s signature bold stripes.
American Trench Cashmere Fingerless Gloves
Best Fingerless Gloves
When the weather allows, it can be liberating to leave your fingers unencumbered while the rest of your hands remain toasty. These plush cashmere beauties will do just that, ensuring you’re free to text, snap or light up a stogie.
Lavabre Cadet ‘Heist of the Century’ Gloves
Best Elegant Gloves
French brand Lavabre Cadet is the go-to glovemaker for many of Paris’s hautest names (Hermès and Chanel, par example) and is typically only available on a bespoke commission basis. But menswear boutique Beige Habilleur offers some of Cadet’s handiwork readymade, including this sleek black goatskin pair that’s perfect for secret agent cosplay.
Dents Guildford Mélange Flannel and Leather Gloves
Best Flannel Gloves
Flannel trousers are a cold-weather staple, so why not flannel gloves? This pair has the sleek look of a gray flannel suit, bolstered with water-resistance and hardy sheepskin leather. Tough as they are, these gloves are a no-brainer with fine tailoring.
Burberry Cashmere-Lined Exaggerated Check Wool and Leather Gloves
Best Patterned Gloves
When it comes to the pieces built to withstand inclement weather and unbearable conditions, Burberry is the name to know. To wit: It’s outfitted soldiers for trench warfare. But during peacetime, the storied brand offers the kinds of spiffy styles that gleam on the catwalks and stand out the street. This pair—made of lambskin leather, lined with cashmere and featuring Burberry’s iconic check pattern—is no exception.