A man’s wallet can reveal a lot about the owner. The size, the colour, even what’s kept inside. In effect, it’s the male equivalent of the female handbag. It’s with this in mind that next time you’re out wallet hunting, you should spend some time deliberating exactly what it is you need from a money holder.
Not only do you need to factor in size and materials, which we’ll come on to in a bit, but as with any menswear item, you need to think about your budget. Wallets can range from incredibly affordable, somewhere around the $30-$50, and extend way up into hundreds and even thousands, which is usually reflective of the brand.
We’ve together a list of the brands we think are at the top of their game right now and the ones you need to be checking out next time you need to find somewhere new to store your cards and cash. But first, here’s what you need to be looking out for in your next wallet.
Wallets can be incredibly slim or oversized. The most common styles are cardholder, bi-fold and tri-fold. A cardholder is exactly what it suggests: a holder for cards. Where they differ is how many cards they can carry; some will have space for just two or three while others may be able to gobble up 8 or 10. You can even find cardholders with space for some notes, offering the best of both worlds.
Bi-fold and tri-fold wallets will, naturally, have space for cards too (some cardholders may come in a bi-fold design too) but will usually offer more space for notes and occasionally even a pouch for holding spare change.
Realistically speaking, we’re much more likely to pay for everything by card or even our phones these days, so do you really need that extra pocket for change or a zip closing? The smaller your wallet is the less it will poke out of your jacket or pants, meaning it won’t impact your overall look.
Leather is the main material used in wallets and that’s why they age so well and last so long. But as you should know with leather by now, it can come in a variety of finishes and colours. Most wallets will rock with a full-grain pebbled finish or a smooth as a baby’s behind finish, and the variant you choose will be entirely down to personal preference.
And as like any material, there are different levels of quality. In general, if you put a few extra dollars into your purchase then you’re getting better leather – which means good longevity and a product that is going to evolve beautifully over time – like a good pair of boots.
Men’s Wallets FAQ
What are the best mens wallet brands?
Bellroy, Smythson, Comme Des Garcons are just some of the best wallet brands.
What kind of wallets do guys like?
Men like bi-fold or cardholder wallets. Given we're moving toward a cashless world, we would recommend a car holder style wallet that's perfect for cash and cards only.
Where to buy mens wallets?
Any of the following brands offer competitively priced and high-quality men's wallets.