If your wallet has seen better days, now’s the time to update it before you, like Costanza, see your life in paper float away in a strong breeze.
Whether or not you want to go minimalist with your next wallet, there are plenty of options. Rugged leather, technical fabrics, and synthetic weaves all pop their heads up in the modern space. Plus, you may want to opt for a radio frequency identification (RFID) blocking wallet to help prevent credit card and identity theft. Oh, and wallets make great gifts.
Our advice: Find the wallet you’d want to pull from your back pocket at your favorite bar. That’s your next best friend.
Best Wallets For Men Decadent Minimalist Men's DM1 Aluminum Wallet
You can't get much sleeker than this men's wallet, which is made from a single piece of aluminum, cut into the perfect shape to holds exactly the number of cards you need.
Buy Now $69.00
Pros: This wallet cuts out all the extras that bring on the bulge. It does not block RFID, which means you can use it to quickly access cards. There are no screws, hinges, snaps, magnets, straps or rubber bands to break apart. And it’s gorgeous.
Cons: It has no pockets, which may require a sizable adjustment on your part.
Bellroy Leather Hide & Seek Wallet Black
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.
Buy Now $89.00
Pros: 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 5-12 cards, and has space for coins.
Cons: Some say the color doesn’t hold up.
Filson Wallet Card Case
This buttery-soft card case from Filson is made from vegetable-tanned bridle leather and has a bi-fold design with five card sleeves.
Buy Now $95.00
Pros: This is minimalism raised to a fine art. The wallet has a cash compartment, if you’re into carrying around the greenbacks, and has heavy-duty nylon threading for extra durability.
Cons: It’s on the smaller side, especially if you like to tote your entire office in your back pocket.
Dango D01 Dapper Bifold Pen Wallet
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.
Buy Now $109.00
Pros: This is one fine-looking men’s wallet. The exterior is made of water resistant DTEX material, it has RIFD blocking, and it has a built-in bottle opener. It weighs only four ounces and has an anodized aluminum wallet frame.
Cons: We’re picky, damn straight. And this wallet is a winner.
Bellroy All Conditions Wallet Burnt Orange
If you don't mind a bit of attention, you should own this wallet. It fits up to 12 cards, plus cash, and is made from water-resistant materials to protect your loot against rain.
Buy Now $85.00
Pros: Bellroy makes dope wallets. Period. And this zip-around style keeps all your money and cards contained in one sharp package. It’s made from 500-denier woven polyamide that is water-resistant.
Cons: It’s not water-proof, so please don’t go diving with it.
MORAL CODE Leather Slim Billfold Wallet Turner Brown Leather One Size
With Moral Code's leather wallet, you get the perfect combo of a streamlined card case and standard wallet.
Buy Now $58.00
Pros: With six credit card pockets and two additional pockets, Moral Code’s Turner billfold is lean and sleek. It’s made from gorgeous, premium leather, and it just gets better the longer you use it.
Cons: This is not the wallet for the guy who lugs his entire life in his back pocket.
Magic Wallet Flap Boy Slim
For the man who realizes he can do more with less, the Rail Jamie Magic wallet provides quick access to necessities while eschewing the bulk and that telltale bump on your bottom.
Buy Now $59.00
Pros: 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.
Cons: For dads who still carry photos of their family, we worry that its open design won’t offer enough protection. Without a plastic protector and a sealed fold, we’re seeing serious wear in any photo’s future.
Shinola Men's Deep Brown Magnetic Money Clip Card Wallet
Our favorite Detroit bicycle- and watchmaker has some beautiful men’s accessories, and the Shinola Navigator money clip case has all the charm and dependability of the company’s better-known products. It’s a great way to get the best of both words when it comes to managing your pockets.
Buy Now $134.99
Pros: Some men prefer a wallet; others prefer a money clip. For the man who enjoys both, the Navigator delivers. On one side, rich leather creates three deep slots to secure cards. On the other, a gunmetal-finish brass clip secures cash and sundry small papers, letting you have your cake and eat it, too.
Cons: While this Shinola wallet does a lot in a little space, it still skews toward the minimalist, and as such, some many need more space. If you’re confident the light life is too sparse for right now, go with a more traditional option.
Herschel Supply Co. Men's Hank Wallet
Everyone is concerned about digital security, and RFID protection offers peace of mind when you’re moving through big groups, whether on vacation or on the way to the office. Herschel Supply Co.’s Hank RFID bifold wallet combines a great-looking package with added safety.
Buy Now $39.99
Pros: 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.
Cons: While built like a regular wallet, this runs on the small side.
FRYE Men's Logan Small Antique Pull Up Wallet
Few companies know leather as well as Frye. (Just ask your wife about her favorite boots.) As such, it’s no surprise that its Logan leather wallet is an easy pick. Its classic good looks and durable construction give us confidence we’ll have it for the long haul.
Buy Now $94.99
Pros: We could laud its features, like an interior ID window, currency pouch, slip pockets, and three card slots. But what sells this wallet for us is its beautiful chestnut-brown cow leather. Thick and supple, it looks good out of the box but better with a few months’ wear. The unique patina it displays is distinct to you, telling a story of all the places you’ve been.
Cons: With Frye, a lot of your money goes into the quality of the leather rather than the features themselves. As such, when broken down by bullet points, this isn’t an especially noteworthy wallet. But for men who like the classic materials—brass, waxed cotton, and leather—this is something they’ll love.
Red Wing Heritage Card Holder
Odds are if you don’t own a pair of Red Wing’s iconic men’s boots yourself, one of your buddies does. As such, this guy’s favorite knows a thing or two about durable, cool accessories, and its leather card holder is another sure favorite.
Buy Now $84.99
Pros: Minimalists, rejoice: This card holder wallet 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.
Cons: As with other minimalist wallets, this option can run a little lean for some men. If you must carry more, you’d best keep looking.
Bellroy Leather Slim Sleeve Wallet Blue Steel
This wallet, by Bellroy, is another top choice for minimalists. It holds between four and 12 cards, plus folded bills. And it's made from supple leather.
Buy Now $65.00
Pros: Blue steel, indeed. This is the wallet for guys who want to make a quiet statement. You get a surprising amount of storage, for a slim profile. And it’s great for men who carry cards, but aren’t cash-heavy.
Cons: Some say it’s too small, and falls out of pockets.
Speck Products Presidio Wallet iPhone Xs Max Case
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.
Buy Now $26.00
Pros: While providing impact projection from dings and drops up to 10 feet, the Presidio also includes a three-card slot on its back, allowing you to carry an ID and two cards. It’s the company’s slimmest case ever despite a substantial capacity. We also liked the raised edges around the face, which offer additional screen protection from the unexpected.
Cons: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the fatal flaw in this theory is that if you lose your phone, you’ve also lost your ID and two cards. If you’re careless with your phone, this case is only going to make your life harder.
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