Tony Stark Shakes Hands with Charles Dickens in These Iron Man Gloves

It’s not too often you get to use the words “Dickensian” and “exoskeleton” to describe the same item of clothing, but these gloves from Etsy user Nerdifacts definitely warrant the juxtaposition. I’m from Houston and I live in Los Angeles, so this is an honest question: What’s the point of fingerless gloves exactly?

Thanks to Greggory B for the tip.