Whether you’re a card-carrying minimalist or like to have everything — bills, cards, coins, photos, rewards cards, and sandwich punchcards — handy, you need a wallet that holds it all without adding any bulge. The best men’s wallets are well-engineered, so they look slim even when they’re stuffed full. Ideally, the best men’s wallets should also last for years, and only get better-looking as time goes by.
Rugged leather, waxed canvas, technical fabrics, and synthetic weaves all pop up in the modern space, right along side the classic and traditionalist sleek leather wallet. There are some new tech innovations, too, such as radio frequency identification (RFID)-blocking wallet to help prevent credit card and identity theft. These are good to know about but, really, they’re extras. What you want is form and function.
Whether you like to project fatherly sophistication or keep it light, whether you’re going for luxury or minimalist bifold, there’s a wallet here for you. Here are some to consider.
The Best Wallets for Men
We love Bellroy's sublime leather goods, and this billfold, made from environmentally certified leather, is a perfect example of the brand's minimalist aesthetic. We could go on for days about the beauty of this wallet, with its slim profile, bifold closure, and RFID protection. But it speaks for itself. It fits five to 12 cards, and even has space for coins.
This buttery-soft, bifold leather case from Filson is made from vegetable-tanned bridle leather and designed with rounded corners so it fits comfortably in the front pocket of pants or a shirt. There's a cash compartment, if you're into carrying around the greenbacks, and heavy-duty nylon threading for extra durability.
If you're a guy who takes notes on the go, this wallet is for you. It holds up to four cards per pocket and has one pocket dedicated for a pen. The exterior is made of water resistant DTEX material, it has RIFD blocking, and, because why not, there's a built-in bottle opener. It weighs only four ounces and has an anodized aluminum wallet frame.
With construction worthy of any magician, the two-part Jamie seems like a normal card wallet, with each side holding two slots’ worth of cards. But with the quick flip of the wrist, its elastic connectors open the inside to reveal cash and a special reserve pocket. The slim shape has plenty of space while creating the slightest of silhouettes in your back or side pocket. It's also equipped with RFID protection technology.
If you're at home in the great outdoors, this is your wallet. Inspired by the military and first responders, this is a utility wallet that holds 16 cards. It comes with a 10-function multi-tool that works as a seat belt cutter, nail pryer, hex wrench, and more. But, if you're not gonna use the multi-tool, don't get this thing.
On its face, the Hank is reminiscent of most Herschel products: a durable polyester weave fabric and its trademark patch logo. Inside, a leather-like material includes three slots for cards and a transparent plastic protector for an ID, with a main bill compartment lined with a contrasting striped fabric. But unseen to the eye, RFID protection ensures that your digital details stay safe.
We could laud its features — like that it has space for eight cards and a healthy stack of bills, without looking stuffed to the gills or bulking out your pocket. But what sells this wallet for us is its beautiful chestnut-brown leather. Thick and supple, it looks good out of the box but better with a few months’ wear. These wallets are handmade in Lindon, Utah, from top-grain leather.
Minimalists, rejoice: This card holder wallet, from the maker's of every guy's favorite pair of boots, has slots in a bifold design hold business and credit cards, along with an ID. Admit it: You gave up cash in the last few years and big wallets just provide fertile ground for clutter. The Holder gives you everything you need and nothing more.
If you like classic materials, this old-school billfold is for you. Minimalist design but with plenty of room for cash and cards. Made with durable, water-resistant waxed cotton canvas and trimmed with full-grain leather, the idea is that it's affordable but lasts forever. Has a full-length bill compartment, with plenty of room for cards of all kinds.
The ultimate minimalist knows that the best way to trim down is not to slim individual items but to combine them, thereby reducing the number of things you carry. You’re already going to have your smartphone with you, so the Speck Presidio wallet makes it easy to include ID and credit cards as a package deal.
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