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The best men’s leather driving gloves – once you have these, you will never look back

A better grip and relaxed muscles — you need one these pairs of gloves

man wearing driving gloves and coat
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It may be cold and snowy outside right now, but soon you’re going to be itching to get out on the road and take your beloved machine on an epic road trip across the country. You will have your destination planned; you’re going to be looking forward to the journey ahead with the best snacks for the road.

You will have your favorite drivers picked out and the outfits to go with them. And finally, you will get to break out your secret weapon. Your driving gloves. Of course, you may be thinking you don’t need driving gloves, and that may be because you have never had them. But once you pick up one of our choices below of the best driving gloves for men, your life will never be the same.

Man with gloves on a motorcycle
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What are driving gloves for?

You may be asking yourself if you really need driving gloves. The answer is absolutely. While they are often seen as a bit pretentious (laughing at the driving gloves bit on How I Met Your Mother is allowed), they have practical purposes as well. You don’t ask questions when you see motorcycle riders rocking leather driving gloves, and those aren’t just worn because they are cool. And it is more than simply protection from the elements. Here are three other reasons why wearing driving gloves makes sense for your Kia Sportage just as much as your ’67 Mustang:

  • Better grip – Just because you aren’t hitting the corners at 112 mph doesn’t mean you don’t need to enhance your grip. You could just as easily go off the road because you lost your grip on the steering wheel of the Sportage while drinking coffee around a corner. Gloves will keep your wheel firmly in hand.
  • Relaxed muscles – Speaking of firm grips, you may not realize just how much stress you are putting on your hands, forearms, and wrists while you’re white-knuckling the steering wheel in traffic. Driving gloves enhancing your grip automatically relieves that stress and built-up pain and tension.
  • Preserve interior – Let’s be honest, your hands are rough and dirty. We all remember seeing our steering wheels start to wear over the years in those places we rest our hands or grip the wheel. Gloves will cut down on that wear and tear, giving the interior of your baby more longevity.

Now that you agree with us and are ready to plunge into the driving glove industry, here are our picks for the best driving gloves for men.

Agnelle Sam DC

Agnelle Lambskin Leather Driving Gloves

Get behind the wheel in style with these black leather driving gloves, all the better to pair with a navy topcoat, a tailored gray suit, and a sharp black leather watch for secret agent-worthy style.

Dents Leather Unlined Driving Gloves in front of a white background.

Dents Griffin Driving Gloves

The best men’s driving gloves blend refinement, style, and functionality in one cool package, and that’s certainly the case with the rich wine color and premium construction of this pair from a classic brand (Dents is also a James Bond-approved merchant).

Ferrari Nappa

Ferrari Nappa Leather And Suede Driving Gloves

Turn towards Ferrari to get the right gloves to power a speedy road trip, and rest easy knowing that the design functionality and focus is every bit as nuanced and refined as a Ferrari automobile.

Reed Genuine Leather Driving Gloves
Reed Sportswear

Reed Genuine Leather Driving Gloves

Get a highly affordable pair of leather driving gloves in time for your next road trip and save the extra cash for another tank of gas or a brewery to-go beer.

Riparo Genuine Leather Driving Gloves

Riparo Reversed Stitched Driving Gloves

If it’s a distinctive style that you seek from your driving gloves (and trust us, it should be very high on your list of considerations), then you are going to love these reverse-stitched leather driving gloves.

1861 Glove Manufactory Rome Leather Driving Gloves
1861 Glove Manufactory

1861 Glove Manufactory Rome

Channel the sort of speedy style that might find you zipping through the streets of Rome (of course) with these classic, seriously cool driving gloves.

Forzieri Black Leather Driving Gloves

Forzieri Black Leather Driving Gloves

Italian leather meets classic driving glove details in these handsome, utility-minded black leather driving gloves, the kind to wear on road trips near and far.

Driving gloves may not be as necessary as they once were, but they can still make every trip feel special. Plus, these options just look cool.

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Mark McKee
Mark is a full-time freelance writer and men's coach. He spent time as a style consultant and bespoke suit salesman before…
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