Essential EDC

The 30 Best Wallets for Men – Top Picks of 2018


June 19, 2018 Style : Accessories By Photo by Chase Pellerin

Wallets come in all shapes and sizes but one thing is certain: they’re an essential part of every guy’s EDC. This guide covers the best wallets in a variety of styles, including slim and minimalist designs.

Table of Contents
Editor’s Picks
Introduction
Types of Wallet

  • Card Holder
  • Slim Folding Wallet
  • Bi-fold Wallet
  • Trucker Wallet
  • Passport Wallet
  • Phone Wallet
  • Zip Wallet

Editor’s Picks

Best Minimalist Wallet: Pioneer Carry Molecule Card Wallet


This card holder is cut from 10XD nylon ripstop fabric, which is made from a polyethylene yarn that, per weight, is ten times stronger than steel. The material is incredibly durable and lightweight, and it repels both dirt and water. Utilizing FutureForm core technology, the finished wallet keeps it shape without conventional stitching. It’s just the right size for daily necessities — it holds between four and six cards or folded bills in three slots.

Best Everyday Wallet: Tanner Goods Utility Bi-fold


Founded in 2006, Tanner Goods spares no details when crafting its range of wallets. Case in point: the company uses the same hide for each piece to ensure exact color matching. This American-made bi-fold utilizes from 3.5-ounce natural tooling leather. The interior features six slots for cards and one pocket for cash. It can be monogrammed for an extra $20.

Best Travel Wallet: Red Wing Heritage Passport Wallet


Cut and sewn in Minnesota from vegetable-tanned leather, this passport wallet features three full-length pockets for bills, a notebook or a passport, and two card slots. Red Wing released its line of leather goods in 2017 utilizing a range of leather from its own S.B. Foot Tanning Co. Understated on a whole, the brand’s logo is embossed on the interior of each piece.

Introduction

Wallets may come in all shapes and sizes but one thing is certain: they’re an essential part of a person’s EDC. Every wallet is designed to hold and secure daily necessities, including a driver’s license, cash, credit cards and other requisite cards.

Though the wallet’s purpose is simple and rooted in function, there are numerous styles that achieve this end, ranging from minimalist styles (card holders and slim folding wallets) to more classics designs (bi-fold wallets and tucker wallets). Exploring the best wallets in each category, this guide covers the 30 best wallets for men.

Types of Wallets

Card Holder: This non-folding slim wallet has at least one slot that’s sized for credit cards and drivers licenses. Many card holders will feature a center slot, and two exterior slots. They are perfect for carrying just the essentials: a few cards and some folded bills.

Slim Folding Wallet: Like the card holder, the slim folding wallet is a smaller wallet primarily designed to hold cards. Unlike the card holder, however, it has a bi-fold design. The interior slots are big enough for a few cards or folded cash.

Bi-fold Wallet: This may be the most traditional wallet style. The folding design is sized to hold paper bills unfolded in a full-length pocket. Most bi-folds carry slots for cards on the interior of the wallet.

Trucker Wallet: Inspired by the long wallets used by truckers and motorcycle riders, this wallet is the largest style. Usually, it features a snap closure, and the wallet may include a slot for bills, a zippered coin pouch and multiple slots for cards.

Passport Wallet: As the name implies, this wallet is sized to carry a passport and is ideal for international travel. Designs often include a slot for a passport, a pocket for currency and slots for cards.

Phone Wallet: Consolidating your carry, some brands offer a wallet with space to hold your phone. While design differs widely — some brands have a pouch, some use a grippy material, others secure it with hooks — the intent is the same. Most phone wallets also include slots for cash and cards.

Zip Wallet: This wallet style has a zipper to keep your valuables secure. Zip wallets come in many shapes and sizes and are simply defined by the presence of a zipper closure.

Best Card Holders

J.Crew Leather Card Holder


Cut from green Italian leather, this card holder features two exterior card slots and a central compartment for folded bills or other necessities. Relatively understated, the brand’s logo is embossed on the exterior of holder.

Leather Works Minnesota Front Pocket Flap Wallet


The majority of Leather Works Minnesota’s leather comes from Red Wing’s S.B. Foot Tanning Co. This minimal wallet is stitched together from two pieces of leather, creating three pockets for your cards and cash. Waxed nylon thread is used to increase the wallet’s longevity and monogramming is optional for $15.

Pioneer Carry Molecule Card Wallet


This card holder is cut from 10XD nylon ripstop fabric, which is made from a polyethylene yarn that, per weight, is ten times stronger than steel. The material is incredibly durable and lightweight, and it repels both dirt and water. Utilizing FutureForm core technology, the finished wallet keeps it shape without conventional stitching. It’s just the right size for daily necessities — it holds between four and six cards or folded bills in three slots.

Ridge Wallet Aluminum Wallet


This wallet can hold one to twelve cards in its RFID-blocking aluminum body. It comes with an elastic strap attached to hold your cash and it is easy to disassemble for cleaning.

Postalco Crossgrain Leather Flat Wallet


Made in Japan, Postalco’s Flat Walelt features four pockets, which hold up to 10 cards. The edges of the wallet are hand cut and polished according to a traditional Japanese leatherworking techniques, while the pockets are lined with pigskin.

Best Slim Folding Wallets

Best Made Co. Leather Bi-fold Card Holder


Cut from vegetable-tanned Sonnenleder leather, this folding wallet has three larger pockets (two internal, one external) and two smaller slots (both internal). The German leather with develop a unique patina over time, darkening with use.

Grovemade Leather Compact Bi-fold Wallet


This wallet holds between four and eight cards or folded bills and is sewn by Yonezawa Leather in Beaverton, Oregon. Made from American vegetable-tanned leather, the design is 30 percent smaller than traditional bi-folds.

Arc’Teryx Veilance Casing Card Wallet


For this wallet, Veilance teamed up with soft goods designer Shane Ellis, who also worked on the Oculus Go, Apple’s leather iPhone case and Patagonia’s Ascensionist Pack, among other things. The design can snuggly hold up to eight cards and features fine-grain, water-resistant Horween leather developed especially for Veilance. To achieve an incredibly low profile, the brand uses lamination instead of stitching to construct the wallet.

Porter Card Case


Cut from bridle leather made by Thomas Ware and Sons Ltd., this Japanese-made wallet has four interior pockets for cards and cash. The brand’s logo is stamped on the interior but the exterior is unbranded, showcasing the natural beauty of the leather.

Ashland Leather Tony the Ant


Chicago-based Ashland Leather Co. was founded by two tannery workers with over twenty years of combined experience. This card holder utilizes dark green Horween shell cordovan, a top-tier offering from the Chicago-based tannery. It has four interior card slots and one exterior bill pocket, and features the brand’s logo embossed on the inside.

Best Bi-Fold Wallets

Joshu and Vela Billfold


This wallet is cut and sewn from natural Vacchetta leather in San Francisco. The design features two pockets for cards (which can each hold four cards) and a slot for bills.

Obbi Good Label Outer Bi-fold Wallet


Made from Ash Brown vegetable-tanned leather, this wallet has an outer bill slot and six interior slots for cards. This Singapore-made wallet features the brand’s logo embossed on the interior.

Tanner Goods Utility Bi-fold


Founded in 2006, Tanner Goods spares no details when crafting its range of wallets. Case in point: the company uses the same hide for each piece to ensure exact color matching. This American-made bi-fold utilizes from 3.5-ounce natural tooling leather. The interior features six slots for cards and one pocket for cash. It can be monogrammed for an extra $20.

Porter Yoshida Dill Wallet


Made from Cordura riptop fabric, this Japanese-made wallet is lightweight and durable. With a classic bi-fold design, it features six interior card slots, a zip compartment for coins and an interior key ring.

Makr Landscape Billfold Wallet


Cut from Madeira English bridle leather from Wicket & Craig, this American-made wallet features a unique interior with two folded card slots and one cash pocket. Each slot holds up to six cards and the cash pockets fits all currency.

Best Trucker Wallets

Billykirk No. 262 Small Trucker Wallet


Featuring hardness-grade leather and either nickel or brass hardware, this American-made wallet is small enough to fit into your back pocket. The interior features two slots for cards or cash and one zippered compartment for coins.

Voyej Galleon Americana


Showcasing natural American vegetable-tanned leather, this wallet features a snap-concho closure. The interior features two money slots, five card slots and either a zippered coin pouch or additional five card slots.

Studio d’Artisan 7416 Trucker Wallet


Made in Tokyo, this wallet is cut from 1.5mm Himeji leather sourced from the renowned tannery Shinki Leathers. The design features snap buttons, a zippered coin pouch, a compartment for bills and three card pockets.

The Flat Head Stockburg Mid-Length Wallet


This Japanese-made wallet utilizes tan steerhide leather and features a red pigskin interior. Hand-sewn with waxed cow tendon thread, it includes an internal zippered pouch, four card slots and a slot for bills.

Best Passport Wallets

Winter Session Passport Wallet


Cut from four-ounce vegetable-tanned, waxed Horween leather, this wallet has a simple one-piece design. The interior features a passport pocket, two card slots and one pouch for bills or receipts.

Filson Passport and Card Case


This English bridle leather passport wallet comes with a lifetime warranty. The interior features two card slots, a pouch for bills and a passport pocket.

Red Wing Heritage Passport Wallet


Cut and sewn in Minnesota from vegetable-tanned leather, this passport wallet features three full-length pockets for bills, a notebook or a passport, and two card slots. Red Wing released its line of leather goods in 2017 utilizing a range of leather from its own S.B. Foot Tanning Co. Understated on a whole, the brand’s logo is embossed on the interior of each piece.

James Purdey and Sons Leather Passport Cover


Made in Italy, this passport wallet has three card slots and two internal sleeves for a passport and bills. Made from vegetable tanned leather, the wallet features the brand’s logo embossed on the exterior.

Best Phone Wallets

Bellroy Phone Wallet


This phone wallet has a microfiber lining and chamfered edges. Along with holding your phone, the wallet has space for up to five cards and an extra SIM card. Available in eight colors, it is also backed by a three year warranty.

KikaNY iPhone Case


Founded in Brooklyn in 2009, KikaNY has garnered an international cult following for its sandals. Since then, the brand has expanded its offerings to bags, belts and small leather goods. This phone case utilizes soft waxy Italian leather and includes a slot for your phone and a card slot that can hold up to three cards. Made to order, it is available in four different colors.

Edward Field The Classic


Made in the USA, this wallet features Italian full-grain leather and a unique grip technology that firmly holds your phone without extra bulk. The interior features four card slots and a slot for bills or receipts.

Best Zip Wallets

Bellroy Card Pocket


This zip wallet can hold between four and 15 cards, along with coins and folded bills. It has a slot for a SIM card as well, and it is cut from three colors of environmentally certified leather.

Millican Travel Wallet


Made from a cotton-recycled poly blend, this zip wallet features five card slots, a zip pouch for coins, a pen loop and a slot for bills. Available in three colors, the wallet has a contrasting lining and zips flat for easy access.

Lotuff Zipper Credit Card Wallet


Manufactured in New England, this wallet features vegetable-tanned leather with polished and painted edges. Available in nine colors, the design has a solid-brass YKK-Excella zipper and two exterior slots that can hold up to 10 cards.

Hender Scheme Square Zip Wallet


This Japanese-made wallet is constructed from supple calf leather. The design includes two bill compartments, five card slots, slip pockets and a snap-closure coin pouch.

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