/29 Lean, Mean Wallets Ready to Reorganize Your Life

29 Lean, Mean Wallets Ready to Reorganize Your Life

Shopping for the best wallets for men is a lot like that one time you actually managed to clear out your garage. You could see the floor in there for the first time since 1997! There was room to park your car! All of the boxes were accurately labeled and easily accessible! The right wallet will give you that blissful feeling of organization every day of your life, when you head out into the world unencumbered by all the needless junk currently polluting your pockets. If you elicit gasps at the dinner table when you haul out your overstuffed behemoth of a billfold (and it’s not because your friends are jerks who think you never pick up the tab), it’s probably time to trade in for a newer, fresher model. And now that restaurants are finally again open to hear those gasps, this is a great time to track down the wallet of your dreams and fill it as selectively as possible.

In 2022, the best men’s wallets are uniformly leaner and cleaner than you might be accustomed to. They’ve got plenty of storage space for the things you truly need, but if you’re the kind of guy who opts in to every rewards program at every coffee shop you frequent, they’ll force you to pare down your everyday carry in a very healthy way. Plush genuine leather is still the standard for top-end wallets, but what we’re really looking for is something that’ll make onlookers gasp for all the right reasons: striking good looks, superlative functionality, uncommon details. From best-in-class bargains to old-world heirlooms to wild-style swerves, the 29 we’ve chosen here hit the bull’s-eye in all of those categories and more. Regardless of your budget or taste or which pocket you keep ’em in, these are the very best wallets for men.

The Best Old-World Wallet

Smythson “Mara” credit card case

What stationery and leather-goods brand Smythson lacks in season-to-season hype, it makes up for in sophistication—and quality. The brand has been around for over 125 years and is a favorite of the British Royal Family; needless to say, they make some of the best wallets around. This navy crocodile embossed style hits all the marks of a keep-forever slim wallet: supple Italian leather that only gets better over time, just enough storage (on the inside and outside), and a satisfying snap closure that you’ll try—and fail—to find elsewhere.

The Best Affordable Wallet

Herschel “Oscar” RFID wallet

Herschel’s Roy wallet is the perfect solution when all you really need is an affordable wallet that’ll last you a good long while. It’s equipped with 6 card slots, a center slot for paper notes, and two discreet pockets for all the coffee punch cards you may not use everyday, but might need to bust out at a moment’s notice. (It also comes with RFID-blocking technology so you won’t have to worry about any nefarious characters stealing your info on the train.) And, as one of the brand’s bestsellers, it’s available in a gang of different colors and patterns so you can keep things low-key, add some flare to your everyday carry, or snag a few styles for whenever you feel like switching things up.

The Best Slim Zip Wallet

Lotuff Leather zipper credit card wallet

With the help of a tiny workshop of artisans in Rhode Island, Lotuff makes some of the finest, heirloom-quality leather goods in the country. (For proof, see our Best Leather Weekender and Best Leather Tote Bag lists.) Their full-grain leather wallets come in a dozen rich tones—we’re fans of this peppy orange in particular—with a couple of sneaky-deep front slots that hold up to 10 cards, and a handy zipped pocket to hold cash and coins. And, for an extra $50, you can have your monogram embossed on the back to really make it yours.

The Best Not-So-Slim Zip Wallet

Comme Des Garcons SA3100 classic wallet

Maybe you’ve got more to haul around than a measly card case can accommodate, or maybe you just want a larger standout wallet for, you know, the flex. In either instance, we’d direct you to Comme des Garçons’ signature zip wallet. For years now, the square-ish icon has been the go-to for style-minded folks looking for a sizable and practical pocketbook, as well as CdG stans looking for something, anything they can afford at Dover Street Market. They come in a seemingly infinite range of colors and patterns and sizes, but if you ask us, this trimmer model in a fun solid hue is right on the money.

The Best-of-Both-Worlds Wallet

Celine zipped purse with removable card holder

Like the size and style of the Comme des Garçons wallet, but want the ease and convenience of a card holder on occasion? Hedi Slimane has the answer. Celine’s zipped wallet comes decked out in the label’s freshly reinstated Arc de Triomphe monogram, with a lush lambskin lining, a spacious interior with a built-in pocket, and a removable leather card case to make your nights out a little less bulky.

The Best Low-Key Luxe Wallet

Louis Vuitton multiple wallet

The combination of Louis Vuitton’s 160-year history of legendary prints and the late Virgil Abloh‘s surrealist bent has already delivered a handful of explosively flashy textiles, like the iridescent holdall that landed on our Best Stuff list a few years back. But the Parisian house remains at the top of its game when it comes to understated luxury, too, like in the case of this beautifully textured wallet. A compact take on a traditional bifold, it’s loaded with card slots and pockets but is still slender enough to slip into your jeans without much trouble.

The Best Virtually Indestructible Wallet

Carhartt canvas billfold wallet

Carhartt’s best in class workwear is designed to be put through the ringer, and the brand’s wallet brings the same rough and tumble vibe to a pocketable accessory. Like its jobsite-ready jackets (and mood board-ready double-knee pants), it’s crafted from the brand’s signature heavy duty canvas, so it doesn’t have to be babied. Naturally, it comes in the shade of brown now synonymous with Carhartt’s ruggedly handsome wares, but for 30 bucks it’s hard to hard to go wrong with any of the patterns available.

The Best Wallet You Can Wear

The easiest way to ensure you’ll never lose your wallet? Don’t leave it in your back pocket; sling it around your neck instead. Like everything the reigning dark lord of fashion touches, this wallet emphasizes form (a long, lovely, semi-arch silhouette) over embellishment, without compromising on the type of functionality you need from a pocket-sized accessory you’ll reach for on the daily. That buffed calf leather exterior masks interior zip pockets, plus plenty of slots for the cards you’ll need the next time you blow your rent at one of the brand’s monolithic flagship stores.

Plus 21 More Wallets We Love

Aries black caribiner wallet

Aries’ gorgeous calfskin number offers some serious functionality courtesy of a nifty built-in caribiner you can use to secure it to your pants—and add a dose of gorpcore flair to your fall fits in the process.

Visvim leather essentials case

Verdict’s still out on whether goat leather is, in fact, the G.O.A.T. leather, but this wallet’s going to age beautifully regardless.

Lucchese “Hipster” wallet

Lucchese’s premium cowboys boots are made out of the best dang leather West of the Mississippi. Why not bring some of that yeehaw energy wherever you go?

La Matera corbina wallet

Premium Italian leather meets perfect Southwestern charm.

The Flat Head shell cordovan small wallet

When your wallet’s crafted from the same type of leather as your finest dress shoes, you know it’s in it for the long haul.

Dries Van Noten leather cord card holder

The rare two-for-one designer deal that’ll keep all your sundry knick-knacks in order, and look totally rad dangling around your neck.

La Portegna “Humphrey” double-sided card case

A slim wallet doesn’t have to be boring—add a little sunshine to your accessories game with this lovely vegetable-tanned version.

Bottega Veneta cassette intrecciato leather cardholder

Like Hermès orange or Louboutin red, Bottega green is now a bona fide brand signature, splashed across the brand’s shoes and shopping bags. If you dig the color but want it in a smaller dose, a compact card holder is your best shot yet.

Filson Smokejumper wallet

Built from hardy waxed cotton that can take a serious beating—and come out looking all the better for it.

Maison Goyard “Victoire” wallet

Goyard is the originator of hand-painted coated canvas luxury goods, and their bags and wallets
are nothing short of legendary. So it’s safe to say that when you pull this out from your back pocket, you’ve got the check.

Kapital thumb-up bone mini leather wallet

A stylish reminder that death and taxes are life’s only guarantees.

Dickies leather chain wallet

Old-school chain wallet steez made by the ever-tough workwear legend.

Maximum Henry x Bonobos Wallet

A beat-up, worn-in, old-school leather bi-fold—just like the one your dad used to carry.

Pendleton bifold wallet

What better way to keep your cold hard cash warm than with a Pendleton wool-blanket-inlayed wallet?

Tanner Goods Journeyman wallet

Durable, compact, and done up in cult-loved English Bridle leather: what we in the wallet-reviewing game call a triple threat.

Corter Leather classic bifold

Give it a year or two, and that natural vegetable-tanned leather will develop a rich, beautiful patina.

Bellroy Hide & Seek RFID wallet

Another RFID blocking option in smooth, unassuming brown leather.

RRL indigo denim card holder

Would you like some denim with your denim?

Ettinger bridle hide flat credit card case

A little color-blocking goes a long way on something as small as a wallet.

Susan Alexandra Moo card holder

Wallets are allowed to be fun, people.