Think about these two situations: in the first one, a man takes out his wallet. It’s old, frayed, held together with a rubber brand, and bursting with receipts. In the second one, the same man takes out a wallet but it’s sleek, black, slim, and looks both stylish and expensive.
Even though it’s the same man in both cases, wouldn’t you make assumptions about the background, career, and priorities of the man based on the two different wallets? This might be even more true in a romantic context.
A men’s wallet needs to be functional (transport everything the man would need to be in a wallet) and have some degree to style to convey how the man in question wants to be perceived. Yet, it doesn’t need to be very expensive to fit these criteria.
If you’re looking for men’s wallets at the intersection of slim, stylish, and practical, here are 10 options.
1. Bellroy Slim Sleeve
This wallet is made from environmentally-certified top grain leather and comes with a three-year warranty, which is great if you care about both the environment and your own financial stability. There are two “quick access” slots for cards you need every day (credit card / public transportation / etc.) with the rest of the available cards operating on a pull-tab system. The wallet can hold 4 to 14 cards with folded bills, and overall the design is super slim.
Best for: Minimalists who generally don’t carry a lot but still want quick access to core cards and a stylish design
Bellroy Slim Sleeve, $79
2. Front Pocket Wallet by Rogue Industries
These 100% leather wallets feature a full-size banknote divider, three credit card slots, and an ID pocket. The wallet can overall hold up to six credit cards. It’s also a front pocket wallet, which can help with sciatic nerve pain (often sitting on your wallet in meetings or on planes causes issues for men)—and front pocket wallets are much harder to steal when you visit crowded urban areas.
Best for: The man constantly on the go who still wants a sense of style
Front Pocket Wallet, $40
3. NOMATIC Men’s Slim Minimalist Wallet
This wallet can hold up to 15 cards, and is also built to last a lifetime— it’s developed using medical-grade elastic as well as a genuine leather pull-tab. The pull-tab allows you quicker access to your four most-used cards. There’s also a 2.2 inch by 1.0 inch pocket to store cash, coins, and keys. The product development cycle on this wallet was lengthy in order to make sure all features being asked for were included.
Best for: Anyone looking for an affordable, classic, and functional option
NOMATIC Men’s Slim Minimalist Wallet, $20
4. RFID Blocking Bifold Slim Genuine Leather Thin Minimalist Front Pocket Wallets
This is well-designed and made with full-grain genuine leather. It has Quick Access ID Windows, can fit 6 to 8 cards plus US bills with no bulk, and also features a minimal Pull-tab design to reduce bulk. The overall wallet size is 4″ in. x 3″ in. .4″ in. There’s a front pocket for your most-used card, and a money clip, and a smart pull strap for access to everyday cards. RFID blocking is a new trend in wallets designed for increased security.
Best for: The man worried about security, style, and sleek sizing.
RFID Blocking Bifold Slim Genuine Leather Thin Minimalist Front Pocket Wallets, $29
5. ROCO MINIMALIST Aluminum Slim Wallet RFID BLOCKING Money Clip
This is an ultra-slim, high-grade aluminum wallet designed to keep your credit card info safe through RFID Blocking. The flexible silicon band across the middle is patented and was designed to not lose strength and stability. Despite its slim design, it’s very functional—can hold up to 20 cards and is well-sized for business cards. You can also use wider silicon bands to take further advantage of the design.
Best for: A man that needs to carry a lot of cards but wants a stylish, almost-futuristic design along with security
ROCO MINIMALIST Aluminum Slim Wallet RFID BLOCKING Money Clip, $15
6. alto Handmade Premium Italian Leather Phone Wallet
This one is actually dedicated for shelled smartphones and passports under 5.5 inches. Essentially, it’s a phone case and a passport holder but it also has space available for cards, name cards, coins, bank notes or any other portable small objects. While it holds most major smartphone brands, the optimal size is 160mm x 81mm x 10 mm.
Best for: People who consistently need their phone to be accessible at the same time as wallet items
alto Handmade Premium Italian Leather Phone Wallet, $119
7. CHAARGO Wireless Charging Wallet
You charge your cellphone by placing it on top of the wallet. It has standard wallet dimensions of 115mm x 95mm x 15mm so that it’s not extra bulky. The charge is as fast as standard USB charging. It’s an 4000mAh Li-ion battery which can take an iPhone 7 from 0% to 125% quickly.
Best for: People always on the go who consistently find themselves with lots of the day left and no phone power
CHAARGO Wireless Charging Wallet, $99
8. Tan Leather Bifold Wallet by Grovemade
While it’s a bit smaller—30% smaller than a traditional wallet, in part because it’s made from a single piece of Japanese leather—the design still allows for easy access to core elements of the wallet. It doesn’t include a coin pouch, but can contain 4 to 8 cards, folded bills, and several American-sized business cards.
Best for: The true minimalist in terms of size need and card hold need
Tan Leather Bifold Wallet by Grovemade, $99
9. STAK Spring-Back Minimalist Wallet
Made of sustainable cork leather and nder 5mm thick, it fits comfortably and almost invisibly in any pocket. It’s also extremely flexible. That was accomplished through a unique mechanism to achieve the perfect springiness to grip the cards securely and return to its original shape. It also prides itself on being unisex—easy for women to carry as well if you want to your significant other to carry the same wallet.
Best for: Those seeking minimalism and function at a solid price point
STAK Spring-Back Minimalist Wallet, €25
10. DJIN Compact Carry-All Wallet
Currently a Kickstarter project, this can hold 10 cards and 20 bills with flexibility. It has a magnetic cover for secure closing, but the cover doesn’t de-magnetize any of your cards. Much of their product development is around the idea of your wallet being with you all day, so it should be something that makes you happy.
Best for: Those looking for high-volume carry and a new approach to the wallet in general