Leather guide


At Wells Lamont, we choose our leather carefully. All work glove leather isn’t the same, and neither are all jobs. We’ve put together a quick primer illustrating the characteristics that define leather types and how they’re best used. We want to make sure your hands are always covered with the right materials for the job.

Grain cowhide

Grain cowhide, along with split cowhide, is the most commonly used of all grain leathers due to its broad availability from all over the world. Grain cowhide leather gloves are typically thicker than other leathers – this contributes to their exceptional wear performance

Split cowhide

The pearl or grey split cowhide leather is the most commonly-used of all glove leathers. A wide variety of leather grades and qualities are commonly used offering very economical glove selections for a variety of uses. Split cowhide leather is typically the leather of choice for the traditional leather palm work glove.


  • FULL LEATHER – Leather gloves should not be washed. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry vertically.
  • GRAIN LEATHER PALM – Wipe with a damp cloth and dry vertically.
  • SPLIT LEATHER PALM – Brush off loose dirt. Do not use any water with split leather.
  • SYNTHETIC LEATHER – Machine wash on permanent press setting. Tumble dry low or hang to dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean.
  • COATED – Hand wash entire glove with water only. Hang to dry.