The best men’s wallets are an easy and inexpensive way to make your life more functional. It’s an everyday carry item that pretty much 100% of men own, but a lot of guys don’t really give much thought into replacing their wallet. That’s why guys tend to keep using their wallet until it’s literally falling apart. Knowing how painful it is to have to replace your driver’s license and credit cards, we’ve compiled this list of the best wallets for men to ensure you keep such valuables secured, and in stylish fashion.
That worn-down leather wallet dad gifted you as an undergrad has seen better days. And for you guys out there thinking that an elastic band is a practical alternative, please stop. It looks cheap, doesn’t provide the greatest safety, and will snap if you continue to squeeze more membership cards into your ridiculously stuffed pile. The time has come to upgrade your wallet, gentlemen.
When it comes to choosing a wallet, it’s all about finding a model that suits your needs and personality. Are you someone who carries a bit of everything, from coins to family photos? Then you’ll want a traditional bifold wallet. Do you travel constantly? Then a passport holder is the way to go. What if you’re someone who worries about identity theft? The answer might be an RFID-enabled wallet, which uses special anti-theft technology to prevent hackers from accessing your personal data. There is a wallet for every scenario imaginable. Even better, most of our favorite wallets can be purchased for under $100.
Ranking the 12 Best Men’s Wallets of 2020
Whether showing your ID at work, paying for a meal on a date, or buying groceries at Whole Foods, a high-quality wallet keeps everything organized and accessible. It also leaves the impression that you know all about accessorizing, so make sure it looks as good as it is functional.
To help you out, here’s SPY’s breakdown of the best men’s wallets for every budget, style, and purpose. We’ve broken out our selections by category, with our top pick and honorable mention for each.
- Best Overall – Bellroy Hide & Seek
- Best Bifold – Tanner Goods Utility Bifold
- Best Trifold – Shinola Trifold Wallet
- Most Sophisticated Wallets – Bellroy Note Sleeve
- Best Budget Wallet – Herschel Supply Co. Roy Series
- Best Designer Wallets – Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Foldover Wallet
- Best Passport Holders – Red Wing Heritage Passport Wallet
- Best Card Holder – Montblanc Sartorial Case
- Best Smart Wallet – Ekster Parliament Wallet
- Best Leather Wallet – Nomad Slim Wallet With Tile
- Best Money Clips – M-Clip Discovery Line Money Clip
- Best Multipurpose Wallet – Thread Minimalist iPhone Wallet Case
1. Bellroy Hide and Seek
Slim, sleek, sustainable and stocked with multiple compartments, the Bellroy Hide and Seek hits nearly every mark and even manages to squeeze in some special features. Its handsome design appeals to minimalists, and it’s made from rich top-grain leather that feels pliable and soft. The brand emblem at the bottom right is a nice touch as well. On the inside, you’re looking at 4 quick-access slots to store anywhere between 5 to 12 cards, along with a hidden coin pouch and flat bill section, should you want to keep some cash on you. Best of all, these wallets come with RFID protection and a three-year warranty.
With all that functionality and 10 chic colors to choose from, it’s not hard to see why this is our top overall pick. If you’re looking for a traditional leather wallet with modern features, you aren’t going to find a better wallet.
Nomad Slim Wallet With Tile
The Nomad Wallet almost earned our top spot. Like the Bellroy Hide and Seek, it can easily hold up to 12 cards yet still has a slim profile. The dark leather will develop a handsome patina over time, which means this wallet only gets better with age. But what really sets this wallet apart is the hidden compartment designed for a Tile tracking chip. The Tile chip comes with the wallet, and customers simply have to activate it with their phone. Yup, that means you’ll never have to go hunting for your wallet ever again. For just $80, you can replace your worn-down bifold with this modern alternative. The
2. Tanner Goods Utility Bifold
Known for its impeccable detailing, Tanner Goods has produced some of the finest leather wallets that money can buy. Enter the Utility Bi-Fold. This well-crafted offering is handmade from the same premium hide used on all of the company’s wallets and does what any excellent bifold should: offers plenty of space in a slender, sturdy package. There are six slots for cards and one main compartment for cash on the interior, while the sturdy exterior keeps the wallet looking in tip-top shape. There is also the option to monogram a wallet for an extra $20 on the company’s website, should you want to get your old man a thoughtful Father’s Day gift.
HONORABLE MENTION: Red Wing Heritage Classic Bifold
3. Shinola Trifold Wallet
Shinola makes some of the most beautiful and well-constructed leather goods on the market. Period. If you want something premium that can hold several of your AMEX and business cards, then it doesn’t get any better than the Shinola Trifold. One can only admire the luxe grain leather texture finish, which will surely draw eyes every time you grab it from your suit jacket. Like the finest leather, the material holds up exceedingly well. It folds out to showcase three rows of pockets and has its own individual ID number stamped in the middle, giving this trifold an exclusive feel. Available in black or brown, either version pairs perfectly with any fancy getup.
HONORABLE MENTION: Fossil Ward Leather Wallet
4. Bellroy Note Sleeve
BEST SOPHISTICATED WALLET
Any man who prides himself on his appearance needs an elegant wallet in his arsenal to stunt in public. We highly recommend the Bellroy Note Sleeve for numerous reasons. Every one of the 11 bold colorways look great. The environmentally certified leather Bellroy uses is on point, too. Its ability to store multiple cards and flat bills will satisfy any currency lover. There is the concealed coin pouch that doubles as a business card protector. And if you want to get fancier, the Designer Edition versions come in a distinctive European leather and three different designs for a bit of extra class. But even if you settle for the standard version, it’s money well spent to enhance your appearance.
HONORABLE MENTION: Coach Crossgrain Slim Leather Bi-Fold Wallet
5. Herschel Supply Co. Roy Series
BEST BUDGET WALLET
Herschel has become the go-to for affordable, top-of-the-line travel accessories. Look at the company’s best-selling duffle bags should you need a reminder. The Roy Series remains one of the best deals in town and was designed with versatility in mind. Each wallet is made up of denim and synthetic leather, which gives these bifolds a stylishly rugged presence. You get six slots and a currency sleeve for big bills, plus there is RFID shielding to block hackers. And what’s a Herschel product without the iconic woven label stitched onto the front?
HONORABLE MENTION: Serman Brands RFID Slim Bifold Leather Wallet
6. Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Foldover Wallet
BEST DESIGNER WALLET
You want to make a statement right out of the gate? Then you need a luxury wallet that exudes wealth. If brand recognition isn’t enough to turn heads, then the MSRP of Bottega Veneta’s leather bifold will do the trick. At nearly $400, this fold-over money holder puts the fashion house’s gorgeous handwoven intrecciato design on full display, while boasting an expandable gusseted interior that discreetly hides small essentials. Its slim and lightweight profile also makes carrying it around town super convenient.
HONORABLE MENTION: Burberry Small Monogram Stripe E-Canvas Wallet
7. Red Wing Heritage Passport Wallet
BEST PASSPORT HOLDER
For the globetrotter making his way from continent to continent and needing something to carry all of his foreign cash and documents, the Red Wing Heritage Passport Wallet is calling your name from first class. We’re big fans of Red Wing boots, so it’s no surprise they make a killer leather wallet, too. Sold in brown and black, these travel holders are cut and sewn from vegetable-tanned leather that holds up well over time, and have several compartments to hold multiple small items, a notebook, and, of course, your passport. The embossed logo on the interior is a notable detail that serves as a stamp of approval for premium quality.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nomad Modern Wallet Passport
8. Montblanc Sartorial Case
BEST CARD HOLDER
At first glance, you might mistake Montblanc’s cardholder for an upscale cigar cutter, which, when you think about it, sounds dope. If only it doubled as one. Nonetheless, this is one of the hottest-looking creations we’ve seen in the category that will have your CEO asking, “Where can I get one?” It’s constructed from Italian full-grain calfskin and stainless steel that is “resistant for everyday use.” Basically, it will survive whatever abuse you put it through. The open window provides seamless access to cards as well. Any fashion connoisseur will immediately notice the Montblanc emblem sitting gracefully on the front, earning you a nod of approval from afar.
HONORABLE MENTION: Bellroy Micro Sleeve
9. Ekster Parliament Wallet
We live in a time where anyone can hijack your identity or credit card info without ever touching your wallet. Investing in an RFID-enabled wallet like the Ekster Parliament is your best line of defense against digital thieves (read our full review of the Ekster Parliament smart wallet here). Like the best smart wallets, it features a built-in aluminum cardholder with a quick-release mechanism that ejects your most-used cards in the order you want. The top-grain leather has a natural stiffness to it, so it won’t bend or fold. You can also purchase one of the company’s tracker cards, which is basically a Tile-like device to help locate your misplaced wallet anywhere across the globe. This wallet comes in a variety of colors, but we love the look of the classic brown leather, pictured below.
HONORABLE MENTION: Hell-Bent Combat Wallet
10. Nomad Wallet with Tile
BEST LEATHER WALLET
Nomad’s critical darling set the standard for inexpensive leather wallets when it originally launched back in 2018, and it’s still an elite option for the price. It’s classy, slim, and built to last. The Horween leather is sturdy and develops a mature patina with age. Compartments are bountiful, holding up to 14 cards and several bills. Tile integration is an added bonus; you’ll find a secret compartment that hides the Bluetooth tracker, which holds up to a year of battery life.
HONORABLE MENTION: Tumi Delta Slim Card Case and ID Wallet
11. M-Clip Money Clips
BEST MONEY CLIP
The most convenient way to carry around cash is in a money clip. M-Clip sells a variety of options at different price points, starting at $30, but their best money clips will last for years (if not decades) and will set you back about $130. Picking one is just a matter of preference and taste. Whatever design you go with (our personal favorite is the herringbone pattern), know that you’re assured great build quality and functionality. It takes a lot to damage the solid stainless-steel frame.
HONORABLE MENTION: Ridge Wallet Aluminum Wallet
12. Thread Minimalist iPhone Wallet Case
BEST MULTIPURPOSE WALLET
The only other item we hold onto more dearly than our wallet is our smartphone. Well, what if there was a product that made carrying both more practical? That’s where Thread Wallets come into play. On top of being one of the most stylish iPhone wallet cases out there, these minimalist two-in-one devices comfortably protect your Apple handset and secure your money at the same time. Up to 3 cards fit in the back, along with a few folded bills. The flexible and grippy edges also make the case easy to access and hold. There are more than 18 different styles to choose from, each designed from extra durable and tight-knit material.
HONORABLE MENTION: Billykirk No. 262 Small Trucker Wallet