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36 Men’s Wallets That Will Show The World You…Have A Job

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Best Men's Wallets

A decent wallet is a man’s best friend. If you really think about it, it holds all the money you’ll need to buy that damn dog in the first place. Of course there are general rules and guidelines to buying a quality wallet and none of these involves velcro or nylon.

If you’re in need of a place to put your hard earned pennies then you’re in luck. We’ve scoured the world to hunt down the best wallets for men which won’t only cater to a varying degree of tastes but should also outlast your mother-in-law.

Need something to stash your wallet in? Check out our selection of the best toiletry bag brands for men. We’ve also prepared some affordable wallet brands if that’s the flavour you’re after.

Bi-fold Wallets

The bi-fold is the quintessential mens wallet. They can handle everything you throw at them, bills, coins, cards and even room for that photo of mum and dad. Available in an enormous array of different colours, materials and patterns, you’re bound to find a bi-fold to suit your tastes and budget.

Barbour Grain Leather Billfold Wallet
Barbour Grain Leather Billfold Wallet $69
Bellroy Hide and Seek $115
Common Projects Standard Wallet in Tan Soft Leather
Common Projects Standard Wallet in Tan Soft Leather $186
Miansai Black Textured Modern Billfold Wallet
Miansai Black Textured Modern Billfold Wallet $188
Hugo Boss Timeless Cross-Grain Leather Billfold Wallet $220
A.P.C. Aly Wallet Café
A.P.C. Aly Wallet Café $235
Dries Van Noten Leather Bi Fold Wallet $275
Valentino Garavani Camouflage-Print Canvas And Leather Billfold Wallet $505
Gucci Full-Grain Leather Billfold Wallet $540

Slim Wallets

If you like the capacity of a bi-fold, but don’t want to limit yourself to a cardholder you might want to take a look at a slim wallet. These wallets pair the functionality and slimmer profile of a cardholder with the practicality and timelessness of a bi-fold. Slim wallets are a big trend these days, allowing you to carry everything you need, but nothing more.

Comme Des Garcons SA6400 Classic Wallet
Comme des Garçons SA6400 Classic Wallet $95
J.Crew Leather Billfold Wallet
J.Crew Leather Billfold Wallet $110
Bellroy Slim Sleeve
Bellroy Slim Sleeve $115
Acne Studios Leather Cardholder
Acne Studios Leather Wallet $195
A.P.C. Leather Bifold Cardholdera
Slim A.P.C. Leather Bifold $200
Montblanc Westside Extreme Textured Leather Cardholder
Montblanc Westside Extreme Textured-Leather $265
Prada Logo Print Bi-Fold Cardholder
Prada Logo-Print Bi-Fold $335
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Pebble Grain Leather Bifold Cardholder
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Pebble-Grain Leather Bifold $529

Card Holders

Looking to keep your wallet small and minimalist? Card holders are the wallet for you. Whilst you’re limited in what you can carry (there isn’t room for your Westfield gift-voucher) you can expect a clean, often minimalist look that isn’t going to make you look like you have a third leg in your front pocket. All jokes aside, cardholders are at the forefront of functionality.

AllSaints Dove Leather Cardholder
AllSaints Dove Leather Cardholder $70
Lotuff Blue Leather Credit Card Wallet
Lotuff Blue Leather Credit Card Wallet $125
Saturdays NYC Ryan Card Holder True Red
Saturdays NYC Ryan Card Holder True Red $132
Common Projects Multi Card Holder
Common Projects Multi Card Holder $139
Paul Smith Artist Stripe Trimmed Leather Cardholder
Paul Smith Artist Stripe-Trimmed Leather Card Holder $175
Maison Kitsuné Tricolour Leather Card Holder
Maison Kitsuné Tricolour Leather Card Holder $215
Smythson Mara Card Holder
Smythson Mara Card Holder $215
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Cardholder
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Card Holder $316
Thom Browne Pebble Grain Leather Cardholder
Thom Browne Pebble-Grain Leather Card Holder $324

Zip Pouch

Also known as the ‘Murse’ (Man-purse), a zip pouch is pretty self explanatory. They typically consist of a pouch with a zip on one or more sides. They can easily hold various cards, cash, coins, headphones and any other small day-to-day items. In recent times zip pouches have become increasingly popular with men, brands like Comme Des Garcon and Common Projects have solidified them as a serious option (especially as you can lose things from them) for men on the hunt for a new wallet.

Red Wing Leather Zipper Bounch in London Tan
Red Wing Leather Zipper Bounch in London Tan $105
Campbell Cole Navy Simple Coin Pouch
Campbell Cole Navy Simple Coin Pouch $125
Comme Des Garcons Classic Small Zip Wallet
Comme Des Garcons Classic Small Zip Wallet $139
Saturdays NYC Cash Half Zip Wallet Black
Saturdays NYC Cash Half Zip Wallet Black $175
Il Bisonte Cowhide Zipper Wallet in Natural
Il Bisonte Cowhide Zipper Wallet in Natural $210
Lotuff Leather Lotuff Black Leather Zipper Credit Card Wallet
Lotuff Leather Lotuff Black Leather Zipper Credit Card Wallet $210
Comme des Garçons Wallet
Comme des Garçons Brick Line SA3100 Wallet in Black $260
Common Projects Zipper Wallet in Off White
Common Projects Zipper Wallet in Off White $287
Smythson Panama Flat Coin Purse
Smythson Panama Flat Coin Purse $345
Tom Ford Chain Embellished Full Grain Leather Zip Around Wallet
Tom Ford Chain-Embellished Full-Grain Leather Zip-Around Wallet $1,000

Travel & Tall Passport Wallets

If you travel a lot you’ll be familiar with the multitude of ‘essential’ items you need on you when your travelling. Passports, different currencies, frequent flyer cards, boarding passes, a good travel wallet should be able to take care of everything. Having all of these items in one, easily accessible place will streamline the arduous task of travel. Similarly if you believe the 80’s was the height of fashion and feel the need to carry 4 different Amexican Express cards at all times, then a long wallet will comfortably cater to your needs.

Il Bisonte Cowhide Passport Case in Black
Il Bisonte Cowhide Passport Case in Black $110
Miansai Envelope Wallet, Tobacco
Miansai Envelope Wallet, Tobacco $112
Red Wing Leather Passport Wallet in London Tan
Red Wing Leather Passport Wallet in London Tan $140
Campbell Cole Navy Simple Slim Card Wallet
Campbell Cole Navy Simple Slim Card Wallet $180
Paul Smith Leather Passport Holder
Paul Smith Leather Passport Holder $189
Montblanc 4810 Westside Long Wallet 6cc with Zipped Pocket
Montblanc 4810 Westside Long Wallet 6cc with Zipped Pocket $450
Smythson Grosvenor Slim Coat Wallet
Smythson Grosvenor Slim Coat Wallet $500
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Travel Wallet
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Travel Wallet $700
Valextra All-In-One Pebble Grain Leather Travel Wallet
Valextra All In One Pebble-Grain Leather Travel Wallet $2,575

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What Makes A Good Wallet

There are five key areas to look out for when searching for quality wallets for men: Leather grade, construction, the turnover, pleated corners and creasing. Each one plays a vital role in not just serving its purpose but ensuring that the integrity and longevity of the accessory will stand the test of everyday abuse.

Leather

When it comes to leather grade, try to avoid ‘top grain’ leather as these are hides which have imperfections that have been sanded down and then covered in resin to form a smooth surface. The internal strength is there but it leaves the wallet feeling more like plastic than anything. Full grain leather which has not been corrected is the way to go and it also adds character as it ages naturally.

Construction

Scoping out how the wallet is made is often ignored but just as crucial as the leather grade. Wallets are made in two ways: Turned of Cut Edge. Cut Edge is the shortcut way where leather is cut, stitched together and then resin coated on the edging. When this resin wears away it will reveal frayed leather. Turned is where the leather is thinned down before stitching to create a more seamless bond. It’s a lengthier production process but will last much longer than the latter.

The Turnover

Testing the integrity of a wallet is a must if you’re going to drop a good amount of money on one. One way to do this is to test the width of the turnover (the bend) as well as the stitching position. A narrow turnover is what you should be looking for in a quality wallet as well as stitching which remains central and straight.

Pleated Corners

Another key indicator to a well crafted wallet is its corners. Pleated corners are leather bonding areas on the edge which have been thinned down before being rounded into a strengthened corner – that means no cutting of this area. If the corner is a right angle, it has been poorly made. Avoid at all costs.

Creasing

A good wallet must stand the rigours of everyday use and wear. To determine if this is the case, look for any creases on the leather that have been made by a hot iron on the turned edge stitching and card slots.

On Trend Styles

Wallet trends come and go just like fashion but one mainstay is the continual slimming down of the men’s wallet. With pay wave technology pretty much negating the need for thick wads of cash to be carried around, wallets are starting to get thinner to accommodate just the bare essentials like cards. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as bulky wallets filled with receipts from 1999 should no longer be a part of the modern gentleman’s wardrobe.

When looking for the latest wallet for men styles, go with the colours, textures or patterns that best reflects your own personal style. If you’re the conservative type, opt for darker colours with minimalist designs. For the more creative type of guy, take a look at brighter colours, graphics prints or elaborate finishings and chain attachments to show off your unique style.

Although bear in mind that this wallet will go with you from the boardroom to the bar, so what you choose will be a reflection of your personality amongst peers.

  • norsiiii

    As a maker of leather wallets, I have to say that your explanations as to what constitutes a well made wallet are ridiculous. Rolled edges are not the ‘proper’ method of construction, rather that method is ITSELF the shortcut, as the large manufacturers cannot figure out how to create burnished edges during mass production processes, nor could they burnish leather with the cheap chrome tanned hides that they use. Burnished, vegetable tanned leather is the sign of a good wallet, and you will not find that anywhere here

  • Sofia Comas

    Hello, great post on wallet brands that let the world know. In this blog, you told that there are general rules and guidelines for buying a quality wallet. You have also explained five key areas for selecting good quality wallets for men. Looking forward to more such post!

    https://www.kaizerleather.com/21-wallets-clutch

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