These are indeed Genuine Leather with elastic wrists to keep them on your hands as One Size Fits Most. While they seem to be too dressy to use while digging, the leather really protects your hands when digging your finds. Reduces hand scratches and cuts while shielding them from poison ivy, poison oak, etc. You may not think of gloves as necessary, but they sure come in handy, and hardly take any room in your carry bag or backpack. Leather Gloves may show some color variation.