Are you frustrated by the fact that most gloves are one-size-fits-all? Don’t worry: here’s a list of places to buy gloves for small hands.
Like most accessories for men – socks, ties, bracelets, etc. – the vast majority of gloves are only available in one size.
Accessory brands like to claim that their one size gloves fit all men, which is about as misleading as Coca-Cola suggesting that drinking diet soda is a healthy choice.
Anyway, most gloves are made for average sized hands, and this means that anyone with smaller-than-average hands is kind of screwed.
If you’ve ever worn gloves that are too big for your hands, you know exactly how annoying it is to have a bunch of extra room at the tips of your fingers.
It makes doing anything with your hands a clumsy, frustrating experience, which means you have to take your gloves off to zip your jacket up, adjust the volume in your car, or even get something out of your pocket.
Sure, they keep your hands warm, but at what cost?
Obviously, you need to be comfortable and safe when it’s cold outside, which means you need to wear gloves, but you don’t need to sacrifice dexterity for comfort.
Not to mention, oversized gloves make you look like a little kid. Just like jeans that are too long, they dwarf your figure and produce a kid wearing hand-me-downs effect.
So what are men with small hands to do? The good news is you don’t have to settle for ill-fitting gloves.
There are many options for smaller sized gloves, both casual and formal, affordable and high end. We’ve even gathered our top picks and organized them in a sortable table, but first…
Glove Sizing Explained
Every garment has a primary measurement. For pants. For shirts, it’s the circumference of the chest.
So how are gloves sized? How do you measure you hands?
Most brands that offer gloves in different sizes use the basic S/M/L/XL sizing scale.
Some companies offer a traditional range of sizes, such as 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, and so on (all the way to 10).
These numbers denote the width of the widest part of your hand – around your palm, just below your fingers, not including your thumb.
This kind of sizing is ideal, but it’s also very rare. More often than not, you’ll have to choose between Small, Medium and Large.
In this case, check to see if the brand has any sort of sizing guide, and read any existing customer reviews to find out if the gloves run small or large.
If you’re buying leather gloves and are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down (they’ll stretch out over time).
If you’re a golfer, chances are you know what cadet gloves are because many golf brands sell cadet-length gloves alongside their regular gloves.
Cadet gloves are for men who have short fingers, in proportion to the palms of their hands. You know how suits and blazers come in short sizes like 36S, which is shorter than 36R?
It’s kind of like that. The actual glove isn’t smaller, but the fingers are shorter. The best glove makers offer a range of sizes (7, 8, 9, etc.) and cadet lengths.
So, if you want a glove that fits, well, like a glove, try to find brands that offer specific sizes and lengths (e.g., size 7 cadet-length).
Needless to say, it would be great if every pair of gloves was available in “cadet” length, but that simply isn’t the case. Most glove manufacturers don’t even offer different sizes, let alone different lengths for each size.
But don’t worry! I got your back. Here’s a whole list of TMM-approved gloves for smaller hands, sortable by price and formality.
Best Gloves for Small Hands
Here are some great gloves for small hands…
|The North Face Etip Recycled Gloves||$6||Casual|
|Columbia Fast Trek Gloves||$10||Casual|
|Hestra Basic Wool Glove||$45||Casual|
|Cragmont Fleece Glove||$50||Casual|
|Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor Gloves||$40||Casual|
|Bloomingdale's Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves||$98||Dressy|
|Fort Belvedere Leather Gloves||$160||Dressy|
|J.Crew Suede Gloves||$98||Dressy|
|Loro Piana Damon Baby Suede Gloves||$825||Dressy|
|Banana Republic Knit Cuff Leather Gloves||$99||Dressy|
If you’re wondering which types of gloves to buy, it kind of depends on your lifestyle.
- Do you need waterproof gloves (for shoveling snow, skiing, etc.)?
- Do you need gloves that you can wear to formal events (with a suit and top coat)?
- Do you want gloves that allow you to use your phone without taking them off?
- Will you experience below freezing temperatures for extended periods of time?
These all influence what kind of gloves you need, and it might make sense to have more than one pair.
I like to have two pairs of gloves: one leather and one wool. This way, I’m covered for pretty much any scenario.
Of course, it makes sense to own activity-specific gloves too, as needed (golf gloves, ski gloves, etc.).
Custom Made Gloves
There are a couple of custom glove manufacturers who sell made-to-measure gloves (just like MTM suits or shirts).
The only custom glove brand I’ve had experience with is no longer in business, but here are some other brands you can check out:
These manufacturers don’t just offer custom sizing – they also offer custom designs (you pick your leather, lining, details, etc.).
So, if you have a hard-to-fit hand or prefer something totally unique, you should definitely consider going custom.
FAQs About Gloves for Small Hands
Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about gloves for smaller hands:
Can you shorten glove fingers?
Yes, glove fingers can be shortened by an experienced tailor. However, it may be hard to find a tailor who knows how (and is willing) to work on gloves.
Leather workers or cobblers may also be able to help shorten your gloves’ fingers.
Keep in mind, the price of this alteration may exceed the price of a new pair of gloves.
Can you buy kids gloves?
Kids gloves have shorter fingers than adult sized gloves, so they’re perfect for people with smaller hands.
What are cadet gloves?
Cadet gloves are for people who have short fingers, in proportion to their hands. They’re typically shorter and winder than regular gloves.
What are the best work gloves for small hands?
Gorilla Grip and Maxiflex both make good work gloves for smaller hands. You can also buy kids gardening gloves, which will have shorter finger.
What are the best motorcycle gloves for short fingers?
It’s hard to find motorcycle gloves for short fingers. Try buying gloves that are a bit too small and using rubbing alcohol to stretch them out.
You can also order custom made gloves from small speciality manufacturers like Helimot.
Do you have a favorite pair of gloves? Let me know in the comments!
Bobblehead Biker says
Dainese is one of the few motorcycle glove manufacturers that make gloves for smaller riders. Their extra small size gloves are shorter in the fingers.
Thanks for the tip!
I have short fingers and, for work gloves, have had good luck with the Mechanix Wear Mens SpeedKnit CoolMaxSM/MD Nylon Nitrile Dipped Multipurpose Gloves, available at Lowes. It’s funny because these are sized S/M but they fit better than any other “small” gloves I’ve tried.
g thomas says
I live in Colorado. Feed horses outside. Have to give medication. I need my hands. At 25 below zero my hands have to function but fingers are short. Hate to buy online from horse shops selling THE GLOVE FOR COLD without trying on based on description and price. Been fooled too many times. Was going for custom in durango but they moved away. Older I get more my fingers feel more cold. Been coming in and holding onto space heater to stop cold pain. All the brands you listed..who can I believe on size and ranking for cold. Could sure use some input. Could really relate to words in your article.
Ines illgen says
How about women’s or unisex disposable gloves for hands with REALLY short fingers, but normal width. Any advice?
Any chance of getting an updated list? A lot of the links are dead or the items are no longer available.
Personal vote for the Fratelli Orsini gloves, especially since they’re on sale at the site for close to half off right now! (as of Nov 8) Thanks for the great content, as always!
I’ve always had a love / hate relationship with gloves. I live in an area where it doesn’t get too cold so I end up taking off the gloves and stashing them in my coat pockets; and one glove will always disappear. This also happens if I have to use my smart phone or tablet. The gloves come off and one will always forever disappear. Now days, I wear Imak Arthritis Gloves if it’s not too cold. They’re tight fitting (compression). They’re fingerless so I don’t have to take them off when I need to use my fingers. They’re great for driving. Since they’re not bulky, they look somewhat fashionable. The medium size is a perfect fit for my small hands.
Seems like an oversight not to include custom glove manufacturers like Chester Jeffries, etc. For many smaller-handed men that will be the only viable option.
Good call, just added that!
Worth mentioning Fort Belvederes gloves. They are probably the best valued gloves online with the best quality and superb fits for many hand sizes.
Yup, they’re on the list!
I agree. Their smaller sizes fit short fingers. They also have “touchscreen” gloves. Great for when one chooses to dress up.