The Best Wallets You Can Buy Right Now

We spend a lot of time thinking about how to spend our money, but we rarely think twice about how to carry it around. Like a window into your life, a wallet can say a lot about you. A worn, basic bifold bursting with receipts might imply one thing—and a slim, classic card case another. No matter what kind you prefer, a good wallet should be sharp, durable, and easy to use. But that doesn’t mean you need to empty your wallet to buy your next one—although the wallets at the end of this list are certainly tempting. Your next one should fit your lifestyle. Whether you’re climbing the face of a mountain or the corporate ladder, we’ve got the best wallets no matter your top priority: stashing your cash, protecting your information, keeping all your valuables in one place, making a statement—or all of the above.

Types of Wallets
A good wallet should fit your lifestyle, so think about what you’ll be using your wallet for: stashing your cash, protecting your information, consolidating your valuables, making a statement—or all of the above. A leather bifold is the standard go-to for a slim, back-pocket wallet. Trifolds are sometimes a bit bulkier, yet more narrow and easy to fit in your pocket. Card cases are ideal for carrying in your front pocket, and card cases work well if you want to keep everything in one place. In any case, let your day-to-day needs lead the way.

What Kind of Leather Wallet?
When looking for leather, check the tag for quality indicators. “Genuine leather” isn’t certifying that the leather is real—it’s an actual grade of leather, typically the lowest quality used for consumer sales. Top grain, the most common leather, is often buffed down to remove blemishes. And full grain is the best quality that shows the full depth and texture of the hide. If you want the best, look for this term on the inside of the wallet.

How to Care for Your Leather Wallet
If you do opt for a leather wallet, always follow the care instructions included with the piece. But if you want to give your wallet a quick refresh, remove all your cards and cash, wipe it down inside and out to remove any debris, and use a soft cloth (an old T-shirt will do the trick) to apply leather conditioner or mink oil to keep your wallet hydrated to prevent dryness or cracking—and to give it a rich color that will develop more and more over time.

The Best Wallets for Men to Buy Right Now

Chrome industries Zip Wallet

Known for its nearly indestructible bike bags, Chrome knows how to make gear that lasts. This easy-open zip-up wallet made from its signature, tough-as-nails nylon material could last you until retirement.

[$ 30;]

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Fossil Fairman RFID Flip ID Bifold

Don’t let this wallet’s looks fool you. Beneath its soft leather exterior, this wallet protects your credit cards’ Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips from unwanted scanners trying to steal your information.

[$ 33.60;]

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OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet

Want to free up your pockets and keep everything in one place? This famously tough phone case has a handy, drop-proof drawer to stash your cards and cash—all in a slim profile that still fits nicely into your pocket.

[$ 44.90;]

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Barbour Grain Card Holder

If you’re looking for something classic and understated, this pebbled leather card case is a perfect fit. Known for its timeless jackets, Barbour makes great wallets that are straighforward, practical, and easy to use.

[$ 49;]

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Timbuk2 The Layover Zip Wallet

If you want to show more of an edge, this cool, distressed leather zip wallet keeps your cards, cash, and coins from falling out—all with a badass exterior that will only look cooler with time.

[$ 55;]

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Armani Exchange Scattered Logo Cardcase

Sleek and streamlined, this vertical bifold gives you just enough room for cards, while the other side lets you slide in cash and receipts for a no-nonsense approach any guy can appreciate.

[$ 60;]

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Filson Tin Cloth Smokejumper Wallet

This wallet is one of the toughest on the list. It’s made from Filson’s famous oil-finish Tin Cloth that’s just as attractive as it is tough. Not surprising, considering it was made at the request of firefighters to survive even the roughest conditions.

[$ 65;]

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Leatherology Thin Bifold Wallet

Made from full-grain leather—the highest grade you can get—this classic wallet has a slim profile that won’t bulk up your look. It also comes with an optional RFID protection and hand-painted monogram.

[$ 65;]

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Orvis Front Pocket Wallet

Want to avoid unwelcome pickpockets? Carrying your wallet in your front pocket instead of the back is a great place to start. This steerhide leather wallet is made to keep up with an outdoorsman, but looks great in the city too.

[$ 73;]

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Tommy Hilfiger Icon Leather Wallet and Coin Case

Give your look a pop of color with this classic red, white, and blue leather bifold. Its durable interior lets you store bills and cards, as well as a handy, built-in coin pocket.

[$ 79.50;]

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Michael Kors Harrison Slim Metallic Bifold Wallet

Want a wallet that will turn heads? This metallic material will make a bold statement and reflect your style chops. But when the show’s over, its slim silhouette will fit easily in your pocket—until you’re ready to impress again.

[$ 88;]

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Dango M1 Maverick Bifold Wallet

If MacGyver were still around today, he’d carry this wallet. Its aluminum frame has loopholes for tethers, protects your RFID cards, and has a stay-put strap for your cash. Its leather flap holds tons of cards and even has a loop to hold a spare key.

[$ 109;]

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Billykirk No. 154 Tri-Fold Wallet

Quality leather can last a lifetime. This hand-stitched wallet is made from high-grade, undyed leather that will develop a rich patina over time, and its clever tri-fold design makes for easy access.

[$ 115;]

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Shinola Five Pocket Card Case

Now a mainstay in American-made leather, Shinola’s leather card holder blends a classic card case form with a rich, modern oxblood color that’s equal parts functional, sophisticated, and unique.

[$ 125;]

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Hugo Boss Pebbled Calfskin Wallet

The softer the leather, the more luxurious the feel. The smooth calfskin on this leather says you enjoy the finer things in life, while the bold blue hue gives it a flash of personality.

[$ 178;]

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Red Wing Heritage Trucker Wallet

Made to keep all your belongings secure on even the longest haul, this wallet style has a tough, zippered pouch and can attach to your belt with a matching leather lanyard.

[$ 190;]

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Porsche Design Carbon Wallet H8

This sleek bifold is made from the same tough, yet elegant carbon fiber you’d expect to find in a Porsche—with more than 10 slots to hold all your cards while you hit the road.

[$ 270;]

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Bally Taliro Wallet

If you want to up your style ante, try a coat wallet—also called a breast wallet—that’s designed to be carried in a jacket or topcoat. This leather design not only has ample room for all your accoutrements, it shows you’re not afraid to invest in the best.

[$ 280;]

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Smythson Panama Money Clip Wallet

Need to get to your cash quickly, but don’t want it loose in your pocket? Try a money clip wallet with an interior hook to keep all your benjamins folded inside its sleek leather exterior.

[$ 315;]

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Montblanc Meisterstück Selection Lizard Wallet

Just like its iconic pens, Montblanc has high-end leather accessories to match. This calfskin leather wallet has a distinct leather grain and the brand’s classic emblem that says you’re a savvy spender.

[$ 345;]

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Ermenegildo Zegna Pellessuta Card Holder

A pricey wallet by itself doesn’t mean you have great taste. But it certainly does when that wallet has contrasting, woven lambskin accents in a chevron pattern taken from Zegna’s design archives.

[$ 420;]

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Dunhill Duke Metallic 6CC Billfold Wallet

Want a taste of luxury? A wallet from Dunhill is a smart choice. This century-old company has updated its timeless leather with an aluminum-based metallic foil that says you only settle for the best.

[$ 500;]


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