A glove is a very personal thing. Its feel, fit, and eye appeal is as much mental as it is playable. Confidence builds with a player who takes that special glove with him/her on to the field - it’s just as much a reinforcement issue that says…" you’re not alone out here, I’m with ya."
However, the style and impression of the moment should not sway the player when selecting a glove off the rack. Sure, the laces all twisted and braided look really neat - but that should be a very low priority during the selection process.
Ask you son how the glove feels, how it balances its playability, what impressions does he get when he slips it on and starts to move his arm and hand back and forth, etc, etc. If you spot the ole … sales job, like he’s trying to convince himself as well as you … don’t confront him on it, just talk him through process again and reason things out that you and he are both on the same page.
Picking a glove can be a great experience for dad and son - in fact it can be a real bond that can last a life time. That special glove that both dad and son had a part of … that your son will take to the field with him every time he laces up the spikes.
By the way, rummage sales, tag sales, garage sales and the like can offer some great glove buys … cheap. I have a collection of gloves that range from the classical pocket and web section design, to the new age multi-hinge animal hide of kangaroo and buck antelope.
Make the glove experience not expensive - which it is, but a journey in affordability “because”, a lesson in dollars and cents for the family … because of this glove we’re going to have to tighten our belts here… and so on.
I sincerely wish you and your son the best with your baseball experience.