The best leather jackets for men combine fashion, fine craftsmanship and durability. While the most stylish leather jackets carry a high price tag, with the right care and maintenance, they can last for years — decades, even. Plus, if you choose a timeless cut and style, your leather jacket will never go out of fashion. The best leather jackets truly are timeless.
In SPY’s recent Fall Fashion Guide for Men, we noted that leather jackets are going to be one of the season’s hottest trends, and we can’t wait for the temperatures to drop. We’ve been writing about our favorite leather jackets for several years now, but this is the first time in a long that leather jackets have become a major fashion trend in menswear. Top Cyber Monday Deals %title% List Price:%original_price% Price:%price% You Save:%discount_amount% (%discount_percent%) SPY may receive a commission.
Below, we’ve gathered 22 stylish leather jackets for men, with options for clotheshorses, designer fashion aficionados, and more laid-back guys. Whether you’re hoping to spend $100 or $2,000 on men’s leather jackets, you’ll find some stylish — and on trend — leather outwear below. We even threw in some vegan leather jackets for good measure.
What Types of Leather Are Used in Leather Jackets for Men?
Leather jackets can be made from many different types of leather. The most common leather used is cowhide, sometimes called cattle hide. It’s water- and dirt-resistant, and with the right maintenance it can last indefinitely, which is why you’ll find so many vintage leather jackets for sale at thrift stores. Cowhide leather starts stiff, but as the leather jacket is worn and broken in, it becomes softer. Leather jackets are also made from lambskin. Lambskin is a softer leather, almost silky. It’s lightweight and easy to tailor; that’s one of the reasons it’s so expensive. While goatskin leather is used more in Europe, both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Airforce utilize this leather in their jackets. It’s as durable as cowhide, but is soft, wears well and has a distinctive pebble-like grain. Calfskin is buttery soft like lambskin.
Finally, more and more designers are incorporating vegan leather into their designs.
What Is Vegan Leather?
Vegan leather is a catch-all term for leather alternatives. The best vegan leather is made from natural or plant-based materials such as mushrooms or cork. In addition, this category includes synthetic materials such as polyurethane or polyester.
Is there a difference between vegan leather and faux leather? Nope, it’s just semantics. Vegan leather, aka faux leather, can look and feel like genuine leather. It can also last a long time, depending upon how it’s created. Most importantly, it can look like genuine leather. Some of the most well-crafted faux leather is also warmer and more impervious to the elements compared to genuine leather. When faux leather debuted, it felt and looked tacky. Nowadays, high-end designers, notably Stella McCartney, use vegan leather, and the quality is right up there with the real stuff.
Got the basics down? Great. Below you’ll find SPY’s picks for the best men’s leather jackets to buy right now.
1. Thursday Boot Co. Racer Jacket
For the second year in a row, we’re naming the Thursday Boot Co. Racer the best leather jackets for men. While this boot brand is best known for its footwear, the company knows leather, and this jet-black jacket just looks cool. If you’re looking for a leather jacket with that’s classically cut yet that won’t look out of place when worn with jeand or khaki pants, the Thursday Boot Co. Keanu jacket is your best bet. This jacket has one hidden interior and two exterior pockets, making it a great travel companion. This leather jacket also comes in other colors. Wear them with the company’s equally excellent Thursday boots.
Why It’s the Best Leather Jacket for Men: The streamlined silhouette gives it the superpowers to blend with any outfit. It’s made with lusciously soft leather that only gets better with age.
2. Overland Memphis Lambskin Leather Bomber Moto Jacket
Lambskin leather is silky, supple, and very durable. Overland takes lambskin leather and hand-waxes it for shine and added strength. This jacket combines the best of the bomber and moto jacket styles into one handsome jacket. It has a high neck with a strap and buckle closure to protect you against brisk winds and diagonal snow, sleet and rain. It has more pockets than you may not know what to do with: three interior pockets, two zippered chest pockets, and two hand pockets.
This jacket’s lining has been divided into an upper polyester and a lower wool section. With that lining and the removable knit collar and bib, you’re warm and protected from the elements. It also comes in other colors.
3. Abercrombie & Fitch Genuine Leather Moto Jacket
While the wide-lapel motorcycle jacket has been around forever, it wasn’t until Marlon Brando wore on in the flick “The Wild One” back in 1953 that it became an iconic fashion statement. You can never go wrong, fashion-wise, when wearing one. Abercrombie & Fitch is making a bit of a comeback in 2022, and they’ve updated the styling of classic leather jackets with streamlined tailoring that removed the awkward square shape of older styles. This clean-looking lambskin jacket is buttery soft and fully lined. It has an internal chest pocket, three outer pockets, and the classic zippered cuffs.
Read More: The Best Motorcycle Jackets for Men
4. Todd Snyder Italian Burnished Leather Dylan Jacket
Here at SPY, we’re huge fans of Todd Snyder. We’ve covered his watches, shoes, collabs and more. We dig his workmanship, aesthetic and general vibe. If you’re going to splurge on an item of clothing, pick something up that seamlessly blends classic craftsmanship, lines with a modern sensibility. This leather jacket is a great example of the melding of styles.
The jean jacket is reimagined in brown leather (yes, you can pick it up in black) that has that style’s boxy shape allowing you to easily layer it over a hoodie or sweater. The leather has been treated so that it has a lovely burnished broken-in feel. It snaps up the front, has snap cuffs and two large flap pockets. Wear it with a crew neck sweater and cords, and you’re ready for anything.
5. SHEIN Faux Leather Hooded Jacket
BEST STREETWEAR STEAL
Cut like an oversized hoodie, and lined in thick, plush teddy fabric, this faux leather jacket will keep you warm and looking stylish. In keeping with its athleisurewear vibe, it has a fabric patch on the chest. It zips up the front, has two front slash pockets and both the waistband and cuffs have ribbed trim.
6. Lucky Brand Leather Aviator Jacket
BEST MODERN LEATHER AVIATOR JACKET
Sleekly designed this leather aviator jacket offers both style and warmth without bulk. It’s lined in the same faux shearling as the collar, and the jacket has front patch pockets that can be secured by buttoning them down. The sleeves are accented by tonal bands of leather. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans, hiking boots and flannel shirt for work or the weekend.
7. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Leather & Suede Bomber Jacket
BEST DESIGNER DEAL
Designer Karl Lagerfeld’s forte was creating a sumptuous design with minimal fuss. Take this elegant and handsome bomber jacket. Made with both suede and leather, this is one of the best men’s leather jackets around as it can be worn for years and never go out of style. It snaps up the front, has two slash pockets, and one zippered pocket on the sleeve.
8. Wrangler Leather and Sherpa Jacket
BEST FOR CHANGEABLE WEATHER
American heritage brand Wrangler has successfully straddled ranch and cowboy with city and rocker vibes for too many years to count. They’re one of the few brands that has continuously and successfully appealed to a diverse audience. Take their leather jacket; yep, it’s a little bit country and a little bit big city. They took the denim jacket pattern, cleaned up the lines of the silhouette and made it into a shearling lined leather jacket. It has shoulder plackets, stitching details along the buttonholes, and snap cuffs. No matter where you go when you wear this jacket, you’ll look awesome and be warm.
9. Ted Baker Garry Leather Shacket
BEST EASY LAYERING PIECE
Ted Baker’s leather shacket is a lightweight topper that elevates jeans outfits. Designed in a regular fit, if you wear it over a layer, you won’t have constricted movement. The shacket is lined, snaps up the front has two snap front chest pockets. It can be worn as outerwear, or layered under a heavier jacket.
10. Generic Leather Bomber Jacket
BEST UPDATED BOMBER
Generic used the B3 Bomber jacket for the inspiration for their faux shearling lined jacket. They streamlined the silhouette, took away the bulk and the result is very modern looking. Made with sheepskin leather, this jacket zips up the front and has a belt at the waistline.
11. G-Star Raw Arc 3D Leather Jacket
BEST LEATHER TRUCKER JACKET
G-Star Raw calls this sheep grain leather jacket “3D,” but isn’t every jacket 3D? Despite this conundrum, this is a handsome trucker jacket. Like trucker jackets in general, it has a slightly generous cut that allows you to pop it on over a sweater or sweatshirt. It snaps up the front, is fully lined has two chest and two slash pockets. The jacket is embossed on one side near the waistband with “G-Star Raw Original Raw denim.”
12. All Saints Mercer Leather Puffer Jacket
BEST LEATHER PUFFER
Level up your puffer game with a leather one for this season. All Saints really steps it up style-wise with this black lambskin leather puffer jacket that has a standup collar. This unisex style runs in sizes XS to XXL. It zips up with a snap placket that’s made to trap in air and keep you warm. The lining and fill are both made from 100% recycled polyester. The rib knit trim is made from a mix of recycled polyester and cotton.
13. Levi’s Water Resistant Faux Leather Racer Jacket
BEST FOR RAIN
You know what sucks about bad weather? You can’t wear a cool-looking jacket. Luckily for us, Levi’s has stepped up and created a line of water-resistant faux leather jackets. Now, you’ll always look good no matter how crappy it is out. This faux leather racer jacket has its classic denim jacket-styled snap-button chest pockets, with the brand’s red tab on the side. The textured faux leather jacket has two zippered side pockets to stuff keys etc., in them. If you’re looking for more affordable Levi’s jackets, then you can also check out this Levi’s Faux Leather Moto Jacket.
14. Lee Historic Faux Leather Trucker Jacket
MOST VERSATILE FAUX LEATHER TRUCKER JACKET
Easy care faux leather looks smart and modern in Lee’s snap front trucker jacket. One of the great things about faux leather jackets is that you can crumple them up, and they won’t wrinkle. So, if you’re a guy who tosses his jacket on a chair, this trucker jacket will look good no matter how many times it slides onto the floor.
This jacket has a regular cut and two snap chest pockets and two slash pockets. Wear it under a tee when it’s warm out or try it with a sweatshirt and joggers.
15. Urban Code Faux Leather Puffer Jacket
Like the idea of a leather puffer jacket, but prefer faux leather? Urban Code has it all laid out for you. This slightly oversized puffer is done in faux brown leather that has a matter finish. It has a high storm collar and two side pockets. It has polyester fill that will protect you from the cold.
16. ASOS DESIGN Oversized Real Leather Varsity Harrington Jacket
BEST FOR MINIMALISTS
Say you like varsity jackets without saying you like varsity jackets. ASOS Design added flair and updated the classic Harrington jacket style by making it in faux burgundy leather. Added touches include a spread collar, Collegiate styled fabric applique, snap front, and an oversized cut.
17. 5:31 by JÉRÔME LAMAAR Men’s Colorblocked Varsity Jacket Created for Macy’s
BEST BARBIE & KEN CORE
Ever since Valentino showed hot pink in their fashion show, that color in every range from pale to neon has been the rage. This varsity jacket uses a wearable pink hue and teams it up with brown faux leather that will look smart long after the trend has gone away.
Designed exclusively for Macy’s, this varsity jacket has “the marvelous middle” embroidered on one side of the jacket’s front, and the other has the number 5 appliqued on the left chest. The back has an embroidered pink gecko on the back. Above the gecko is the word “Magical” and below it is the word “Earth.” The jacket has a snap front, two pockets and the ribbed trim is brown and pink stripes.
18. Landing Leathers Air Force A-2 Flight Bomber Jacket
Styled along the lines of an authentic bomber jacket, reviewers rave that it kept them warm when the temps dipped in the low ‘40s. This lined jacket has two flap front pockets, two slash pockets, a generous cut (great for layering a hoodie or sweater), and ribbed cuffs and waistband. The leather version comes in three colors: black, brown, and distressed brown. This bomber jacket also comes in a suede version.
19. Milwaukee Leather Distressed Brown Motorcycle Jacket
BEST VINTAGE MOTO
Milwaukee Leather specializes in crafting motorcycle clothing and accessories. Their stuff can be worn for cross-country motorcycle trips and for those whose two wheels are a Raleigh. Their distressed moto jacket is road-worthy, with built-in air vents and a kidney back. If you live in temperate climes, this leather jacket can be worn all year long as it has a zip-out lining. It also has two large interior pockets and zippered sleeves.
20. Visionary Modish Quilted Leather Jacket
The baseball jacket gets a new look when it’s done in quilted lambskin leather. The lined jacket has a generous inside pocket, two outer hand warmer pockets and zips up the front. The collar, wrists and waist is finished in ribbed trim. It comes in nine colors, including black, navy, cream, and red.
21. Michael Michael Kors Perforated Leather Moto Jacket
BEST EURO MOTO JACKET
The Café Racer jacket is a European style moto jacket. The style includes a slim silhouette, banded collar and two chest pockets. Michael Kors adds visual interest and a touch of luxury by using perforated leather at the yoke. It creates a nice contrast to the smooth leather of the jacket’s body.
22. FJackets Lambskin Leather Jacket
BEST LONGER JACKET
With over 400 rave reviews, this lambskin leather jacket is one of the best men’s jackets on Amazon. The car coat length jacket has a zipper that can be used with the buttons to keep the cold out. It has two zippered side pockets and three internal pockets.