Now, I think leather gloves are best for showing, because I am a purist. :) But I actually HATE the feeling of leather gloves. They drive me nuts. And I have very small hands....I am only 5 feet tall and my hands are broad but short. Most glove fingers are too long and I cannot wear them.
But I have found the SSG All Weather gloves to fit me quite well for whatever reason. I have the leopard print for schooling (LOL), and three pairs for showing: white (dressage), black (hunter), and brown (driving). Actually I have two pairs of black gloves...as I found a pair on sale once and could not pass them up.
I love the Aquasuede palm, which is soft and easy on the hands. They are not sticky but when they get wet they are not slippery either. The back (top) is sort of a stretchy fabric that does not seem to fade that I can see. The wrists are secured with Velcro, which make them easy to get on and off.
The SSG website says: "Wears like iron! Washes like a rag!" This is probably the best feature of this glove, as they are completely machine washable. I hang them to dry and they look brand new.
My current schooling gloves have holes underneath my ring fingers (wedding rings on the left, moonstone ring on the right) but other than that look great. I have had them for over 10 years. I almost wish they would wear out because I think I want the pink leopard print next! LOL!!! I cannot imagine riding without these gloves. I love them!