The 25 Best Wallets to Keep Your Cash Safe And Your Style Intact

About two weeks ago, in a mad dash to the corner store for a pack of Camel Blues, I reached for my tattered wallet only to have it crumble in front of me, with credit cards, my vax card (I still carry mine), and expired Metro North passes splaying onto my bedroom floor. I was heartbroken. It was a forest green leather wallet, technically a cardholder, by Lanvin that I received in Christmas 2012. For a decade, my wallet was like a best friend: always there, always reliable, and always accommodating.

Luckily, I had plenty of options to choose from, with a quilted flap wallet by Chanel coming out on top. But I’ll forever think fondly of that wallet, the one that saw me go from job to job, from one failed relationship to the next; the one that somehow never got lost or stolen on nights of complete debauchery in my 20s. It has now been put out to pasture. Ten years is a long time, and that’s a testament to the quality of the material and the functionality of the design.

Indeed, these characteristics are the hallmarks of the best wallets. The way they keep all the essentials intact, compartmentalizing cash, cards, and whatever is needed for the day is, simply put, practical. There are different styles, of course: cardholders, bi-folds, billfolds, clutches, zip-arounds, and travel wallets. And they also come in a variety of materials, including leathers of all types, suede, nylon, cotton blends, and more. Sure, you could argue that the accessory has become less of necessity; smartphones and the advent of Apple Pay have digitized all the payment information you could want. But there is something to be said for whipping out a wallet once the bill arrives and taking out cash or a platinum Amex like a shot-caller. Also, there are many spots where you just need something tangible to throw down, including, for instance, my local corner store.

Basically, you need a wallet. And if you’re looking for the best around, check out the ones below, all of which will last the long haul (or at least a decade).

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Best Rugged Wallet

Derrick Leather Bi-Fold Wallet

Color Derrick brown
Width 4.25″
Height 3″
Material Leather

Best Affordable Bi-Fold Wallet

Hank RFID Bi-Fold Wallet

Herschel Supply Co.

Color Navy
Width 4.53″
Height 3.54″
Material Polyester

Best Workwear-Inspired Wallet

Standard Front Pocket Wallet

Color Brown
Width 4.53″
Height 3.15″
Material Nylon

Most Elegant Wallet

Billfold Wallet

Il Bussetto

Color Black
Width 4.5″
Height 3.5″
Material Leather

Best Designer Wallet

Saffiano Logo Wallet

Color Black
Width 4.3″
Height 3.5″
Material Saffiano leather

Best Suede Wallet

Roughout Suede Billfold

Color Light java brown
Width 4.25″
Height 4″
Material Suede

Best Cult-Classic Wallet

Porter Tanker Wallet

Porter-Yoshida & Co.

Color Black
Width 5″
Height 3.9″
Material Nylon

Best Waterproof Wallet

Waterproof Bifold Wallet

Color Green
Width 5.5″
Height 4″
Material Proprietary waterproof fabric

Best Tech Wallet

Slim Leather Wallet

Color Nappa black
Width 2.9″
Height 4.8″
Material Leather

Best Flip Case

Flip Case

Color Tan
Width 4.1″
Height 2.8″
Material Leather

Yama Wallet

Color Gray
Width 4.5″
Height 4.5″
Material Nylon and polyester

Thin Bifold Wallet

Leatherology

Color Black
Width 4.15″
Height 3.4″
Material Leather

Typographic Leather Cardholder

A-Cold-Wall*

Color Black and white
Width 4.5″
Height 3.1″
Material Leather

Trucker Wallet

Sidnaw Company

Color Brown
Width 3.5″
Height 7.25″
Material Leather

Aluminum Wallet + Money Clip

Color Navy and black
Width 3.3″
Height 2.2″
Material Aluminum

Five Pocket Heritage RFID Card Case

Color Whiskey brown
Width 4″
Height 3″
Material Leather

Nassau Leather Double Billfold Wallet

Color Black
Width 4.5″
Height 3.375″
Material Leather

Meisterstück Leather Card Case

Color Black
Width 4″
Height 3.25″
Material Leather

Pebble-Grain Leather Cardholder

Color Orange
Width 3.9″
Height 3.1″
Material Pebble-grain leather

“For Money” Bi-Fold Wallet

Color Black and white
Width 4.25″
Height 3.5″
Material Leather

Neck Wallet

Rick Owens

Color Black
Width 4.3″
Height 7″
Material Leather

Leather Card Case Wallet

Thom Browne

Color Black
Width 2.75″
Height 5.5″
Material Leather

Leather T-Line Money Clip Wallet

Color Black
Width 4.1″
Height 3.5″
Material Leather

Bi-Fold Wallet

Bottega Veneta

Color Green
Width 4.3″
Height 3.5″
Material Leather

Classic Small Flap Wallet

Color Black
Width 4.5″
Height 4.1″
Material Lambskin leather
Barry Samaha is the style commerce editor at Esquire, where he covers all things fashion and grooming.

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