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Where would the modern gentleman be without a stylish wallet?
A wallet is about more than just having a place to store your cards and cash, it is a piece of attire which can make a statement. From the moment you pull it out to pay for your date (even if you are splitting the bill) to flicking through it in line at Starbucks, a great wallet is a part of who you are.
With so much emphasis on how we look, it makes sense that you invest in a rugged wallet which provides you with functionality along with style and elegance.
There has never been a better time to upgrade your wallet from whatever ragged piece of attire that you have now to a classic and timeless ‘buy it for life’ (BIFL) product and, in this journey, you are not alone. We know that you deserve the best, so that is exactly what we have found.
Here is our guide to the best wallets that life has to offer.
- Things To Consider Before Buying A Wallet
- 3 Most Durable Leather Wallets
- Bellroy Hide & Seek Slim Leather Wallet
- Main Street Forge Bifold Leather Wallet
- HOJ Co. Eastwood Nappa Trifold Leather Wallet
- 3 Most Durable Minimalist Wallets
- Tuopuke Minimalist Carbon Fiber RFID Wallet
- Forrest & Harold Slim Leather Wallet
- NEAL Slim RFID Front Pocket Leather Wallet
- 3 Most Durable Tactical Wallets
Things To Consider Before Buying A Wallet
Choosing a wallet need not be a stressful experience, but it should also not be one which is taken lightly. Our goal today is to find you a wallet which is functional, stylish, and will stand the test of time.
You want something rugged yet thin; elegant yet sturdy. You want a showpiece which fits in your pocket and protects your life. Take the time to consider the basics, and create the building blocks to find the perfect wallet.
With many “buy it for life” products, simplicity is the key. The more something has, the more which can go wrong. Thankfully, wallets are straightforward by nature, though that has not stopped manufacturers from adding more and more. It can be helpful to find something which does everything but do you need that?
When you are looking for a wallet, you want something which holds your cards and cash (and anything else which you would carry in your wallet). You want to carefully consider the colors and pattern, and look for pure materials, which are put together well.
A plain color may seem dull at first, but it will go with everything and is suitable for every event.
It goes without saying that your wallet should hold what you need it to hold, but there is often the temptation to go bigger or go home. Much like our houses, if we have more space, we will often find a way to fill it.
A larger wallet may carry more, but it will also look unattractive and bulky. With a thin wallet (and you can still get slim and heavy-duty wallets), you hold your wallet in your pocket while showcasing a streamlined look. A fat wallet takes its strain on your clothes, looks unsightly, and makes you more of a target.
A smaller wallet means that you carry what you need and do not hold onto any unnecessary items. Steer clear of the clutter, and keep with simplicity and style.
There are many wallets to choose from, and each one comes with its own pros and cons. The one you need will depend on what its use is going to be. Let’s take a look at your options.
A bifold wallet is basically what it sounds like. It folds in half so that you can open and close it when needed. It is excellent for simple money management and provides easy access to your cards and bills. It is usually thin and lightweight with options for storage, but it does feature fewer card spots than other wallets.
A trifold wallet has two folds, leading to three main compartments in the wallet. When you are comparing them to bifold wallets, they usually have more space and are a little bulkier. If used correctly, they can still be slim and lightweight while having more storage space. They typically feature more organizational options and often have zippered coin storage.
Minimalist wallets are great if you want something which is super-slim and thin in your pocket. They have a few credit card slots and fewer cash options. If you use card more than cash, they are perfect. They are lightweight but have fewer storage options.
Money clips are old-school. They are often created by designers, so have a lot of style and elegance to them, but they also have the least options when it comes to cards and other items. If you want to flaunt your wealth, then go for it.
Travel wallets have more space than the traditional wallet and will easily hold your passport along with cash and cards. They are larger than regular wallets, so are not recommended or day to day use, but are the perfect option for traveling.
Specialty wallets offer you a little more. They are often hybrid wallets or provide more protection than a regular wallet would; such as RFID and tactical wallets. They often make great wallets for construction workers who are looking for something extra-durable and functional. If you are looking for extra protection, then they are the way to go.
Just because you have your wallet in your pocket, that does not mean that your credit cards are protected. Having your credit card details stolen is a common occurrence nowadays, and it often cannot be stopped.
If you want to minimize the threat of your credit card being stolen when it is in your pocket, you can invest in RFID technology. Many modern wallets come with this extra protection, and it will protect from identity theft.
RFID technology will cost you a little more but can save you from a lot of problems.
Of course, price is going to be a significant factor when you are choosing the perfect wallet. If you genuinely want a “BIFL” wallet, then you should expect to pay a little more for quality. You should always start with a budget and be prepared to invest the entire budget in the right wallet for you, but know that you always get what you pay for.
A higher price does not always guarantee a better wallet, but it does give you a better chance of finding a rugged and tough wallet which will last. With the right investment, you can find a durable wallet, which looks fantastic.
3 Most Durable Leather Wallets
There is nothing quite like a beautiful leather wallet. Leather has a timeless style and elegance in bucketloads. Yet, there is a lot of difference between leather types. With a little knowledge, you can ensure that you get the best wallet possible.
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There are different grades of leather, and understanding the quality can help you to find a wallet which will last nearly forever.
Full-grain leather is what you want to look for in a leather wallet. Not only does full-grain look amazing, but it lasts for a long time too. As full-grain leather ages, it does so naturally, adding character to the wallet where other materials would become shabby.
Top-grain leather is beautiful but does contain weak points. If you cannot afford full-grain, then this will give a smooth and luxurious look, while still lasting a decent amount of time.
Genuine leather sounds fancy but is actually the lowest grade of leather. It is usually pieces of leather glued together and is anything but genuine (except that it is leather).
Once you have high-quality material, you want it to be put together well. Excellent craftsmanship can make or break a wallet. A slight mistake in the crafting stage can lead a wallet to break down quicker or lose its style before its time.
Here is a little secret to help you spot quality craftsmanship: look for turned as opposed to cut edge. Cut edge is when the leather is cut and then stitched and coated with resin. With turning, the leather is thinned first and then stitched. Look at the seams on the inside of the wallet. If the leather looks thinner and not covered in resin, then it has likely been turned and will last longer.
Let’s take a look at our three favorite leather wallets.
Bellroy Hide & Seek Slim Leather Wallet
Not only is this a stylish leather wallet, but you also have the option to add RFID technology to the wallet, protecting your identity and sense of style in one fail swoop.
The Hide & Seek wallet is a bifold wallet, folding over on itself to create a slim wallet which will fit into any pocket. It comes in two distinct heights, so you will always have enough room for your bills, no matter what currency you are using. The card section features extra protection, and there is a specific spot for your business cards.
You can fit between 5-12 cards in this wallet, along with coins, flat bills, and more. There is a hidden bill section where you can store some higher denominations, removing them from wandering eyes.
The standard wallet measures in at 3.3” x 4.5” and is extremely thin. The leather is environmentally certified and looks impressive, no matter which color you choose. The grain of the leather is shown off in incredible detail. With a 3-year warranty, you can be assured that this wallet is going to last.
Main Street Forge Bifold Leather Wallet
Another bifold wallet which folds up to be unassuming when in your pocket. The wallet is crafted in the USA and features full-grain leather (the top choice of leather in our opinion). There is no chemical bonding, and you can be assured that the leather has been hand-stitched for extra durability. The lifetime warranty shows you just how serious they are about the quality of this wallet.
The wallet measures in at 8.2” x 3.5” x 0.5” (when empty and unfolded). As you fill the wallet, the thickness will change. We like that the wallet is fashionable, the fantastic grain of the leather apparent in all its glory, and that the wallet can hold up to extended use. The wallet is handmade and not bonded, adding strength and durability.
This heavy-duty wallet has enough room for all of your bills and cards with six card pockets and a generous bill section. This wallet is all about being minimal, and will help you to carry only what you need and nothing more. Because of this, the wallet fits sleekly and elegantly into your pocket and does not bulge.
An excellent wallet with a distressed rustic leather look which will leave you feeling anything but distressed.
HOJ Co. Eastwood Nappa Trifold Leather Wallet
If you start with full-grain leather, then you know that you are getting a quality product. This wallet features three sections, two folds, lots of space, and minimalist design. While you can store a lot in this wallet, the wallet itself only measures in at 3.25” x 4.25”.
The wallet is handcrafted using the most beautiful Nappa leather, leather which is known for its softness and robustness. The leather is flexible and pliable, adding longevity to the wallet through extended use.
Inside, you will find 6 card slides, 2 receipt pockets, an ID window, and a double bill compartment. The wallet is designed to help the most unorganized person find some organization in their life. You can carry cards, bills, receipts, and more without having something substantial and cumbersome.
We love the natural grain of the leather and appreciate that only the highest-quality leather has been used. The design is timeless, which is a good thing as the wallet is going to last for a long time.
3 Most Durable Minimalist Wallets
A minimalist wallet is about more than just finding a small wallet. A minimalist wallet is about finding a smart wallet which helps you to organize your life, leaving you with the smallest wallet footprint which you can find. If you truly embrace the minimalist mentality, then you are getting rid of the unnecessary junk in your life (or at least from your wallet).
You want to start with something small but also something which has ample carrying capacity. It should have enough room for some cards and cash, but only the cards which are a necessity. Think about how small you can go and try to go smaller. Get rid of the clutter, and you will discover more contentment.
Leather is often used for minimalist wallets, but you can also find them crafted from synthetic leathers, fabric, and metal. Some even come with RFID technology.
The best minimalist wallet will save your lower back from the pain. Say goodbye to sitting on a brick for most of the day and say hello to lightweight organization. The wallets listed here as the best minimalist wallets for men; they are clean, minimal, and simple while being heavy-duty and durable too.
Tuopuke Minimalist Carbon Fiber RFID Wallet
Minimalist wallets are not about reducing functionality so that you can reduce the size, they are about keeping the functionality you need and getting rid of the rest. This minimalist wallet is a case in point, and an excellent wallet for construction workers due to how durable it is.
With this wallet, you have enough room for up to 12 cards and 9 bills, all while being less than 5” x 5”. The most surprising thing is that there is still room for some added RFID technology, protecting you from credit card and identity theft. When you look at the complete wallet, it is not much bigger than a credit card, making it able to fit into any pocket, including a shirt pocket.
There are metal money clips, and elastic holders for your cash, along with the room for credit cards. A nice touch is the inclusion of a key holder to hold your keys, organize them, and further free up space in your pockets.
With a luxury gift box and a lifetime warranty, this makes the perfect gift, either for a loved one or yourself. A durable yet stylish product.
Forrest & Harold Slim Leather Wallet
Only top-grain leather has been used for this elegant and stylish wallet. It is a bifold wallet, so folds over on itself for a minimalist look. We love the embossed logo and sleek stitching, which has become a part of the design.
There is a lot of space in this wallet, even though it is a minimalist wallet. There is a money clip for your cash (which is also detachable to free up even more space) and four credit card slots (each one holds two cards each). An outside pocket lets you conveniently store your ID.
The wallet is slim, as slim as the number of cards you put inside, and the profile of the wallet only measures in at 4.25” x 2.75”. You will hardly know that the wallet is even in your pocket, perfect for a front or back pocket.
With a 1-year warranty, this executive wallet is built to last. Enjoy the subtle designs and minimalist functionality.
NEAL Slim RFID Front Pocket Leather Wallet
The exterior of this wallet is 100% top-grain leather (you deserve the best), and the interior features a silver lining which will block RFID, saving you from identity theft or having your credit card details stolen.
The elegant set comes with a magnetic money clip to better organize your cash, and a gift box; making it the perfect gift for a friend or family member. The wallet measures in at 4.6” x 3.1”, and fits straight in your top pocket. With a choice of four colors, you can really show off the elegance of the superior leather.
There are four pockets in the wallet, elegantly and slimly fitting all of your necessary cards, a clear ID window for easy access to your ID, 2 side-slip pockets for more cards, receipts, or stubs, and a middle pocket for all your bills and everything else.
This is a fantastic set for anyone wanting to live the minimalist lifestyle. The wallet will fit seamlessly into your pocket, and you will not even know that it is there, perfect.
3 Most Durable Tactical Wallets
Sometimes you need something with just a little bit more to it. You still want the organization and minimization of the minimalist wallets, and you also want superior materials, but sometimes life throws more at you than the average wallet can handle. That is where tactical wallets come in.
From heavy-duty construction work to the great outdoors, there is a great need for a wallet that is extra durable without losing any of its functionality. Tactical wallets will help you to organize your life, but they also offer more.
Every square inch of a tactical wallet has been designed and crafted to bring you added functionality. From bottle openers and blades to tools and RFID-blocking technology, there is almost nothing which these wallets cannot do.
These wallets are heavy-duty and sturdy, feature weatherproofing, have multitools, and overall are the most durable wallets out there; great if you find yourself in a pinch.
Dango T01 Tactical Leather Wallet
This wallet from Dango is designed to hold up to 12 cards and is crafted from top-grain leather, secured to the chassis of the wallet with mil-spec bolts. Not only is this wallet thin and durable, but it still manages to ooze style.
The wallet, with its aerospace-grade aluminum, weighs in at just over 2 ounces (when empty), and measures in at 5” x 3.4” x 0.8”. The cards are kept organized and safe, thanks to the RFID-blocking technology, and there is also a cash clip to hold your bills.
The product is crafted in the USA, and the wallet is not only there to hold your cards and cash. There is a stainless steel multitool included with your tactical wallet. The tool has sharp and serrated blades, hex wrenches, a bottle opener, nail pryer, tope tensioner, and ruler.
If you ever find yourself in a pinch, you will be able to get out of it with the wallet and, until then, you can look stylish in whatever you do.
Mana’O Minimalist Men’s Carbon Fiber Wallet & Multi-tool
We all know that carbon fiber is strong. This wallet is crafted almost entirely form the material. The lightweight nature of carbon fiber helps to keep the wallet thin while giving it a lot of strength. The wallet measures in at 3.4” x 2.1” x 0.5”.
Designed to organize your life and protect it at the same time, this wallet can hold up to 12 cards while not being bulky in your pocket. There is also a money clip which can either be used to hold your bills or to secure your wallet to your belt. The RFID technology protects all of your card details while they are secured in the wallet.
If you are buying a tactical wallet, you are here for the tools. So, what can this wallet do? The multitool comes with over 30 functions. You have screwdrivers and wrenches, a ruler and knife, and even a smartphone stand. You will love to discover what your wallet can do for you on a daily basis.
The smartly designed wallet allows you to fan out your cards instead of removing them all. If you want a card which happens to be in the middle of the bunch, you can press your finger down on your cards through the c-shaped opening, and the cards will fan out on the other side, allowing you to choose the one you need without removing them all.
This is a beautiful wallet, with a ton of functionality, all wrapped up in a stylish metal box. An excellent present for a loved one or for yourself.
Rapdom USA American Flag Tactical Wallet
Tactical wallets do not need to be crafted from metals and carbon fibers, and this fabric wallet is proof of that. This is a trifold wallet, so you are going to get a lot of space inside at the expense of minimalism. There is a choice of colors, and the American flag is emblazoned on the front.
When the wallet is closed, its dimensions are 4.75” x 3.5” x 0.75”, and when opened, it measures in at 11” x 4.75” x 0.30”. There really is a generous amount of space for all of your belongings. In fact, there are 18 separate compartments and pockets. You also have a non-stick ID window, zippered pocket, media card storage, and velcro flap. There is so much here to love.
The wallet is flexible yet secure and is designed to stand up to the harshest conditions; perfect for hunting, camping, and fishing trips. No need to worry if this wallet falls into the water or is swallowed by a bear. There is also anti-shake technology, meaning that nothing will fall out of the wallet is shaken.
With four colors to choose from, this wallet is great if you need to carry a lot with you when you are in the great outdoors. The wallet is also backed by a lifetime warranty. This is a durable wallet which will last.