Men's Fashion

29 Lean, Mean Wallets Ready to Reorganize Your Life

It’s time to say goodbye to your overstuffed Costanza bifold and slip your cards into something a little more comfortable.

A collage of four different wallets on a colorful background

Collage by Gabe Conte

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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 23 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 Barely-There Wallet

Coach card case

If you really, really can’t stand having too much stuff in your pockets, this ultra-thin card holder is the move. It’ll keep your bare-essential cards in place, maybe a folded bill or two at most, and that’s it. It’s handsome and functional, sure, but it’s really more to keep your loved ones off your back for keeping a loose wad of cash and cards floating about in your front pocket wherever you go.

The Best Slim Zip Wallet

Lotuff Leather zipper credit card wallet


Lotuff Leather

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


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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 Affordable Wallet

Herschel “Oscar” RFID wallet

Herschel’s minimalist wallets pack RFID-blocking (a.k.a. identity-theft-preventing) tech into crazy affordable packages.

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 comes 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 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, the “Roy” comes in a gang of different colorways and patterns so you can keep things lowkey, add some flare to your everyday carry, or snag a few styles for whenever you feel like switching things up.

The Best Low-Key Luxe Wallet

Louis Vuitton multiple wallet


Louis Vuitton

The combination of Louis Vuitton’s 160-year history of legendary prints and Virgil Abloh‘s surrealist bent has already delivered a handful of explosively flashy textiles, like the iridescent holdall that landed on our Best Stuff of 2019 list in December. 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.

16 More Wallets We Love

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.


Alexander McQueen iridecscent card holder

What T-1000 pulls out when he pays for his coffee and doughnut.

Pendleton bifold wallet

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

Sealand Pronto crossbody bag

Made using recycled materials recovered from the ocean, Sealand’s crossbody is small enough to act as your wallet, but just large enough if you want to keep your phone in the same place.

Jacquemus ‘Le Porte Azur’ wallet

Take that viral Lizzo moment and turn it into your everyday wallet.

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.

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.

Tanner Goods

Corter Leather classic bifold

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

Corter Leather

Bottega Veneta bill clip bifold wallet

Bottega’s iconic intrecciato weave stays winning.

Acne Studios “Elmas” S cardholder

That distinctive dip at the top makes this minimalist card holder easy to identify when you’re fishing for it in your bag or pocket.

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?

Ralph Lauren

A.P.C. Magna Carta cardholder

Like all things A.P.C., this two-piece wallet is elegant, functional, and just the teensiest bit offbeat.

Ettinger bridle hide flat credit card case

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

Todd Snyder

Susan Alexandra Moo card holder

Wallets are allowed to be fun, people.

Susan Alexandra