The men’s wallet has been a pocket staple since the dawn of time. I remember my dad would keep his wallets until they fell apart, and if he couldn’t find the one he had to begin with, choosing a new one turned into the hunt for the holy grail.
The best wallets for men should be comfy in the ‘ol back pocket, organized, durable, and most importantly, carry everything he needs right where he wants it. And of course, they have to be stylish!
With that in mind, the crew at L&L have been shopping around and I think we’ve found some really great options. Have a look!
The Best Wallets for the Men in Your Life
1. Harber London Bifold + RFID Blocking Wallet
This posh slim wallet manages to hold everything you need in style. It holds up sixteen cards, fits bills of most sizes, and features a slim but roomy zipper coin pouch. It also features an RFID blocking technology layer to keep your chipped cards secure.
Harbor London crafts all of their premium leather goods in Spain with full-grain vegetable-tanned cowhide leather. We love the tan, but it comes in black and dark brown as well. All of their products are gorgeous, so you really can’t go wrong.
2. Coach 3-in-1 Colorblock Wallet
Made from luxe refined calf leather, this soft bifold wallet does double duty. It functions as a traditional bi-fold wallet, but it also features a smaller removable insert with an ID window and two slots for your debit or credit cards, perfect for when you’re traveling light. The outer wallet contains eight card slots and a cash pocket.
This wallet is quality, and it’s sure to stand up to plenty of use. And the colors! Blue quartz/midnight, dark shamrock/graphite, and butterscotch/pebble. Definitely out of the ordinary, but still timeless.
3. Paul Smith Credit Card Wallet (with a Secret)
by Paul Smith
We’ve never seen anything like this, so it HAD to make an appearance (pun intended) on this list. Having a crappy day? That’ll change when you need to pay for your latte and get a peek of what’s inside your wallet. And we’re not talking about your fascinating credit cards here.
The bifold design contains eight slots for cards and a full-length pocket deep enough to hold most bill sizes. It’s also monogrammable for extra customization.
Made in Italy from 100% calf leather, this tall, skinny drink of water (it measures 11.5 X 7.5 cm) is the perfect size to keep your bare naked beauty (and your cash) in your breast pocket. Close to your heart.
4. Fossil Men’s “Derrick” Leather Execufold
The rugged good looks of the Derrick Execufold is another example of why Fossil is one of the world’s leading accessory brands. Made from sturdy imported leather, it features an ID window, a full-length bill compartment, and an interior folding pocket, with nine slots for cards. It comes in classic brown and dark brown.
5. Tumi Alpha L-Fold Mens Wallet
A great example of how fabric wallets can look just as classy as leather. This travel-ready wallet is made from ballistic nylon with leather trim. It features an ID window, six card slots, a bill pouch, and a flip-up insert with slip pockets for extra storage.
6. Meisterstuck Traditional Wallet with Money Clip
The convenient interior money clip sets this bifold wallet apart, as does its sleek, modern design. Made from full-grain chrome-tanned cowhide leather, it also contains an RFID-blocking lining on the credit card slots inside the wallet’s folds.
In addition to the money clip, it features six interior card slots and two exterior pockets, perfect for items you need to get to quickly and easily.
Make it personal with complimentary monogramming.
7. Herschel “Roy” Canvas RFID Wallet
Available in a whopping thirty-one colors and designs, the Roy offers serious style diversity! This sturdy, heavyweight canvas wallet features an RFID blocker, six credit card slots, and a full-length bill pouch for carrying your cash.
8. Torino Genuine Ostrich Bifold
A genuine ostrich leather bifold in medium brown fits the bill for the guy who wants something unique. Really unique.
It holds eight cards and features two bill slots for organizing smaller from larger notes. Or if you’re the traveling type, different sized currencies.
9. Paul Smith Monogrammed Billfold
by Paul Smith
Back to basics. This classic Italian leather billfold contains slots for eight credit cards and a large currency pouch. It also features two small interior compartments for receipts, business cards, or anything else you need to keep secure. It comes in navy, brown, and black, and you can have it personalized with your initials hand-monogrammed in gold foil. Fancy.
10. Leather Front Pocket Card Holder and Money Clip Wallet
When a trouser-pocket wallet won’t do. This beautiful imported leather cardholder has a minimist wallet design without compromising function. It has three slots for cards and a cash clip to keep your bills secure. Comes in your choice of dark brown or black.
11. Fossil “Ingram” Leather Tri Fold Wallet
For the guy who needs extra space! This trifold features everything he’ll need to keep it all in place- eight credit card slots, a pocket for cash, and four slide pockets for business cards, insurance cards, receipts, etc. It also contains an interior folding ID window for fast access.
It’s made from 100% bovine leather and comes in eight colors and styles.
12. Vintage-Inspired Canvas Zip
Another perfect slim wallet for travel, we love the zip closure here to keep your carryables secure. The interior contains three card slots, two slip pockets, and a currency pocket. It’s made from a treated poly/organic cotton blend to keep it water-resistant and prepared for the elements.
13. Element Hybrid Stainless/Leather Card Holder and Money Clip
This cool, sporty-yet-slim wallet is crafted with a stainless-steel frame wrapped in oil-tanned leather with paracord closure. If it sounds rugged, that’s because it is – and it’s got the features to back it up. It contains an interior cash clip and room for up to ten cards. It even has an integrated bottle opener and RFID protection. Comes in four colors and two metallic finishes.
14. Minimalist Carbon Fiber Metal Cash Clip and Card Holder
by The Ridge
We’re not sure what kind of magic keeps this wallet so slim yet roomy. It holds up to a whopping twelve cards, and the clip can keep up to nine bills secure. Great for a front pocket or clip into your back pocket. Either way, it’ll keep your chipped cards safe with RFID blocking tech and everything in one piece with a scratch-resistant exterior.
15. Leather Bifold with Bottle Opener
This is such a neat multi-purpose little number; we love the ingenious exterior money clip/bottle opener hybrid! It also sports an exterior ID window for easy access, seven slots for cards, and two more interior storage pockets for extras like larger bills and business cards.
Handcrafted from full-grain leather, you can have it monogrammed for extra flair.
Men’s Wallet Buyer’s Guide- How to Choose Your Next Favorite
What are your needs? What’s your personal style? Do you spend most of your time in a suit? Rock climbing? (Or rock climbing in a suit?!)
These are all questions to ask yourself when choosing your “until-the-wheels-fall-off” wallet. Let’s take a quick walk through what features a good wallet should have and what’s available on the market now.
Which men’s wallet is right for you?
Here are a few key things to consider and some features to look for.
The function of a wallet often dictates its size. For instance, a breast pocket wallet is often longer and slimmer than a standard wallet—very James Bond.
If you’re looking for something more minimal, a cardholder that doesn’t fold and features just a couple of slots for cards, or a money clip (if you prefer to carry cash), does the job without the extra frills.
Somewhere in-between falls the bifold/trifold wallet. Bifolds are often minimalist wallets, with a few credit card slots and an ID window.
Trifold wallets can be bulkier, but that largely depends upon what you put in it! Some billfold wallets feature coin pockets with either zippers or button closures that may create some bulk but are quite useful if you carry cash.
Finally, metallic clamshell wallets run the gamut when it comes to size. Many provide plenty of room but stay compact enough to slip easily into any pocket. Some are heftier and are designed to carry more stuff. (Some even feature a built-in phone charger!)
If you’re a classic kind of guy, a simple soft leather bifold with a couple of slots on each side will probably suffice as long as it fits comfortably in your pocket. If you’re don’t stash your wallet in your pockets, a trifold or a clamshell wallet carries all the essentials and more.
If you’re the kind of guy who likes to stay prepared, a wallet that offers hidden pockets or has more space might be better for storing more daytime carryables.
If you wear a suit regularly, think about keeping around another slimmer wallet specifically to fit inside the jacket pocket. Often, the same wallet you’d regularly tote around in your back pocket will prove too bulky for trouser pockets.
Regardless of the type of wallet you choose, sticking with classic colors and a design that’ll stay in fashion is always a good idea.
Leather is the most common, but great wallets made of alternative materials are popping up everywhere. Even exotic hides like ostrich and alligator are finding their way into the mix.
There are plenty of beautiful canvas options for those who prefer to go animal-free, and wallets made from metals like carbon fiber keep it slim and organized, too.
Many wallets include a thin RFID blocker sewn inside the wallet’s materials to prevent RFID skimming from credit and debit cards. The frequency of RFID theft is a source of debate among those in the security world, but the RFID blocker doesn’t interfere with the wallet’s aesthetic and functionality, so why not err on the safe side?
If you’re purchasing a leather wallet, pay attention to how the wallet is stitched, what kind of leather it’s made from, and how it’s tanned.
If you read our guide to leather messenger bags for men, you’ll know that full-grain leather is the strongest, and its patina gets lovelier with use. However, full-grain can take time to break-in, so products with the genuine leather label may work better for a slimmer dress wallet you won’t carry all the time.
For clamshell metal wallets, pay attention to what materials it’s made from, weight, and hinge quality.
If you prefer a fabric wallet, like canvas, look at how it’s sewn and how sturdy the edging is. A quality wallet shouldn’t fray after a couple of months of regular use.
What do men store in their wallets these days, anyway?
What a man keeps in his wallet says as much about him as the kind of wallet he carries.
Most men opt for the bare minimum. Slots for a driver’s license, a credit card, folded bills, and perhaps a work ID or insurance card will usually suffice.
If you’re a cash-carrying kinda guy, a bill pocket and/or a coin pocket are useful for keeping everything in its place.
Some dudes (like mine) store other stuff like credit card-sized multitools in their wallets, too.
When deciding which wallet is right for you, clean out the old one and take inventory first. Get rid of everything you don’t need but have accumulated over time, like receipts, membership loyalty cards, etc.
You Can’t Keep a Good Wallet Down
You know you’ve hit the jackpot when you’ve found a wallet that you can’t live without but is so comfortable in your pocket that you forget it’s there. Hopefully, after perusing our post here, you’ll have found your jackpot wallet! The jackpot for the next few years, anyway.
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