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The 30 Best Wallets for Men

April 29, 2020 Style By Photo by Chase Pellerin
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Last Updated April, 2020.

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.

Best Card Holders

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.

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.

Chester Mox Slim Wallet

Crafted in its small artisan studio in Southern California, Chester Mox’s Slim Wallet is a subtle and elegant wallet. It’s saddle-stitched by hand for superior construction and hand burnished for a glass-like finish at the edges. Plus, it uses luxurious French goat leather for the exterior as well as the lining, leaving no stone unturned.

Best Slim Folding Wallets

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.

Sonnenleder Inn Credit Card Case

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.

Comme Des Garçons Classic Wallet

Comme des Garçon’s Classic Wallet keeps things sleek with just two card slots and a slot for your bills. It’s made in Spain using cowhide and comes in a range of colors, offering a bright pop and designer cred at a friendly price.

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.

Ettinger Capra Mini Wallet

With over 70 years of experience behind it, Ettinger’s Capra Mini Wallet is crafted in England using supple goat skin leather which gives the exterior a pleasing pebbled texture. It’s compact but has enough carry capacity for six cards and several bills.

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 a natural 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Porter-Yoshida & Co. 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.

Iron Heart Medium Shell Cordovan Wallet

The eye-catching luster of the shell cordovan exterior is the first thing you’ll notice about Iron Heart’s Medium Wallet. Calf leather makes up the inner compartments which include a zipper coin pouch and several slots for cards and notes. It also includes a solid silver ring for attaching a wallet chain and it’s all sewn together using genuine coat achilles tendon.

Best Trucker Wallets

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.

Billykirk No. 262 Small Trucker Wallet

Featuring harness-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.

Himel Bros x The Black Acre Mini Trucker Wallet

Made by a single artisan, this collaborative wallet trims down the usually lengthy trucker wallet to more manageable proportions. It uses a hefty and durable Japanese horesbutt leather for the exterior, English bridle leather for the interior gusseted compartment and vegetable-tanned goatskin to line it all. Not only will all three of these leathers age beautifully, the brass hardware will, too.

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

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.

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.

Smythson Mara Marshall Leather Travel Wallet

Made in England, Smython’s Mara Marshal Leather Travel Wallet is one of the most handsome options on the market with its lustrous croc-embossed calf leather. It comes with a zippered compartment, labeled dividers and satin lining.

Best Phone Wallets

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.

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.

Makr iPhone Card Sleeve

Makr’s iPhone Card Sleeve is a minimalist’s dream with a compartment for your phone and a single slot for a few cards or bills. It’s made using vegetable-tanned leather from Wickett & Craig and features an elegant design thanks to its rolled edges and gentle curves.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 L Zip Wallet

This Japanese-made wallet is constructed from supple calf leather. The design includes a main compartment, two card slots, and a coin pouch.

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