Oven mitts are boring. Housewives use them to make sure their perfectly polished fingers aren't fried by a hot pie pan. Half the time they aren't insulated enough to work.
But sometimes low-tech is the right approach—take this leather grill mitt a $12 buy on Amazon. The padded mitt protects your fingers from heat, splatters, and sparks. And it just looks great. There's something kind of perfect about pulling out a broiled pan of cow flesh with a tanned strip of cow hide.