Anyone who lives in a cold climate knows that fingers are the first things to go numb when the temperature drops. You'd think then that the importance of a good pair of gloves would be obvious, but they're often overlooked - considered an afterthought not really worth spending money on.

Gloves might be one of the last things on your shopping list, but a good, high-quality pair will do you right for season after season - particularly if you live somewhere that suffers from Siberian winters like Highsnobiety's Berlin HQ does. If you're fortunate enough to not suffer from hellish, freezing temperatures for months on end, then you'll probably just need something to keep your fingers warm for a few weeks of the year - or the occasional snowball fight.

Whether you're looking for a quick fix to keep the weather at bay or something more substantial to last for seasons to come, here are four things to keep in mind when hunting for a new set of gloves.

Know Your Glove Size

Yes, there is such a thing as a glove size and yes, that means yet another number for you to remember. But just like your head size and belt size (which is different from your pant size, FYI), knowing your measurements will make the shopping process that much easier.

Dents, which has been making leather gloves since 1777, has a great sizing guide on its website. Men’s glove sizes range from 7-11 ½, and women’s range from 6-8 ½. Like shoe sizes, there’s a slight difference between the two when it comes to converting, but thankfully Dents’ guide eliminates the guesswork.

Gloves can also come in generic S, M, L and XL, too - but again, Dents' guide will help determine just what size you need. If you're still in doubt, just get out there and try some on for size.

Your gloves should fit snug but not constricting, and should cover the end of your fingertips without much extra room.

A leather glove should fit your hand like a leather jacket fits your body—snug, but not super tight. You don’t want too much room around your fingers, but you also want to be able to clench a fist comfortably—remember, the skin will stretch a little over time.

Gloves made out of technical fabrics like neoprene will stretch, but you still don’t want them to feel like your hands are being strangled.

Find Gloves to Suit Your Style

As with all new wardrobe additions, you should decide exactly what you need from your new purchase before you start dropping your hard-earned cash. If you often wear hoodies, tees, and sweatpants, you're probably better served with a sportier set of gloves. Likewise, a dressier pair will complement a more tailored wardrobe.

Touchscreen-friendly gloves are readily available at all ends of the market, and are pretty much standard issue considering how much time we spend with our hands glues to our phones these days. More classic versions tend to be old-school in their phone-friendliness - i.e. not at all - although some heritage brands have started incorporating touchscreen technology into their offerings.

Smokers will find that fingerless gloves are particularly helpful when it comes to their habit - it's tricky to light a cigarette in a pair of mittens, after all. Convertible gloves can strike a balance between being warm and freeing up your fingers, but lose a little bit in the looks department.

If you're looking for a pair that'll hold up on the slopes or an impromptu snowball fight, synthetic and water-resistant materials like ripstop or cordura are going to help you a lot more than a wool-acrylic blend or cashmere-lined leather, so keep that in mind too.

Think How Much You Want to Spend

Of course, you can find cheap gloves pretty much anywhere - especially at the fast fashion end of the spectrum. Uniqlo offers affordable options which are made from its signature Heattech fabrics, which are also touchscreen compatible. We can't guarantee they'll last more than a season or two, though.

Army surplus stores can be great for warm gloves at low prices - especially if you're after some fingerless models. Heavy-duty leather options from brands like Filson are reasonably priced and built with longtime durability in mind - it doesn't hurt that their ruggedly handsome appeal only gets better with wear, either.

Of course, high-end brands like Thom Browne, Orley, and WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie offer luxurious gloves with prices to match - often with indulgent details like cashmere linings.

It really comes down to what you need and how much you're willing to spend - as always, we'd advise investing in something that'll last for years - just think twice before you leave them in the cab.

Consider Some Statement Pieces

Of course, it wouldn't be luxury without some highly coveted options from some of the most talked-about brands in the business. Botter's SS23 show featured condom gloves, while Namachenko's offering looks like something out a fairytale.

While we love statement pieces as much as the next publication, it's worth considering how your new purchase will fit with the rest of your wardrobe - a pair of oversized furry gloves won't look so hot if you're forced to wear a suit to work.

Check some out of favorite fall and winter options below

Image on Highsnobiety

Knit Gloves


Acne Studios

Buy at Highsnobiety
Image on Highsnobiety

Fingerless Gloves



Buy at Highsnobiety
Image on Highsnobiety

Seamless Gloves


C.P. Company

Buy at Highsnobiety
Image on Highsnobiety

Dermont Gloves



Buy at Highsnobiety
We Recommend
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    These Dads Really Be Dressing
    • Style
What To Read Next
  • designer shirts
    These Designer Shirts Are Made With The Finest Fabrics
    • Style
  • haven norda 003
    HAVEN x norda Is Slip-On Footwear At Its Most Technical
    • Sneakers
  • Pharrell Williams wears a Human Made hat, Tiffany sunglasses & a denim Louis Vuitton shirt
    Pharrell's Second Louis Vuitton Collection Is Hitting Hong Kong
    • Style
  • Diamond and Malachite Ring
    Get Down with Browns - Jewelry for the Party Season
    • Accessories
    • sponsored
  • Fear of God and adidas' FOG Athletics collection
    Fear of God's adidas Collection, Athletics, Has Finally Arrived
    • Style
  • adidas' Handball Spezial sneakers in a white, black, and gum colorway with a folded over tongue
    adidas Is Going Wales Bonner on Even Its Non-Sambas
    • Sneakers
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.