Shopping Guide

The Five Best Wallets for Men

Plus 20 stylish alternatives for all your daily carry needs, from card cases to money clips.

Photo illustration: Jeremy Allen/Bloomberg; wallet: Shinola

You can learn a lot from people's wallets, not just which AmEx card they sport and what they look like on their driver’s license, but whether they're pragmatists, minimalists, favor a jaunty sense of style, or are George Costanza-esque note hoarders. When buying a wallet, it's thus important to select the one that suits you—and to love it. It's probably your most-used accessory (even more than a watch). It's always sitting at the ready in your back pocket or jacket, waiting to be flashed.

So are you a bulky bi-fold kinda guy? A traditionalist who likes the glint of a money clip? A futurist who's on-board with an iPhone case hybrid? Whoever you are, we've got your daily carry covered with our five top picks below, plus secondary options to suit your style sense.

(1) Phileas Square wallet, Balenciaga, $305, balenciaga.com; (2) Leather bi-fold wallet, Lotuff Leather, $195, lotuffleather.com; (3) Slim bi-fold wallet, Shinola, $195, shinola.com; (4) Leather wallet, Tod’s, $285, tods.com; (5) Leather wallet in new blue, Bally, $350, bally.com
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(1) Phileas Square wallet, Balenciaga, $305, balenciaga.com; (2) Leather bi-fold wallet, Lotuff Leather, $195, lotuffleather.com; (3) Slim bi-fold wallet, Shinola, $195, shinola.com; (4) Leather wallet, Tod’s, $285, tods.com; (5) Leather wallet in new blue, Bally, $350, bally.com

If you like to carry all the cards, including gym membership and movie rewards, you’ll need a bi-fold wallet to fit them. They typically handle up to six cards, with two slots for cash. Top Pick: Balenciaga's Phileas Square bi-fold with subtle hardware details. It's minimal, chic, and gets the job done.

(1) Full-grain leather cardholder, Tom Ford, $390, mrporter.com; (2) Grey cube print card holder, Pierre Hardy, $145, ssense.com; (3) Card holder, Thom Browne, $260, thombrowne.com; (4) Card case, Valextra, $250, mrporter.com; (5) Card case in new cigar, Bottega Veneta, $250, bottegaveneta.com
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(1) Full-grain leather cardholder, Tom Ford, $390, mrporter.com; (2) Grey cube print card holder, Pierre Hardy, $145, ssense.com; (3) Card holder, Thom Browne, $260, thombrowne.com; (4) Card case, Valextra, $250, mrporter.com; (5) Card case in new cigar, Bottega Veneta, $250, bottegaveneta.com

Bulky pockets are no fun. The best slim wallet gives you enough room to carry your credit card, photo ID, and metro card and offers an additional slot or two for one last essential. (A picture of a loved one never hurts.) Top Pick: Tom Ford's full-grain leather cardholder is made in Italy and contains three slots on one side to fit your daily cards, plus a secure zippered pocket on the other for stashing cash.

(1) Zip-around leather wallet, Comme des Garçons, $180, mrporter.com; (2) Small python ziparound coin wallet, Burberry, $595, burberry.com; (3) Bao Bao zipper wallet, Issey Miyake, $250, ssense.com; (4) Credit-card case, Salvatore Ferragamo, $240, ferragamo.com; (5) Corner Zip, Vianel, $290, vianelnewyork.com
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(1) Zip-around leather wallet, Comme des Garçons, $180, mrporter.com; (2) Small python ziparound coin wallet, Burberry, $595, burberry.com; (3) Bao Bao zipper wallet, Issey Miyake, $250, ssense.com; (4) Credit-card case, Salvatore Ferragamo, $240, ferragamo.com; (5) Corner Zip, Vianel, $290, vianelnewyork.com

Whether you live or travel outside the U.S., you're going to need a place for coins. Or maybe you prefer to have small bits such as a memory card and house key always at the ready. Either way, a zippered wallet is for you. Top Pick: Comme des Garçon's zip-around wallet securely stashes your daily essentials in a sumptuous leather package.

   
(1) Chevron lines décor money clip, Cartier, $305, cartier.com; (2) Stainless steel money clip, Montblanc, $140, saks.com (3) Double sided cash and credit money clip, Men In Cities, $40, menincities.com; (4) Cable knot money clip, David Yurman, $325, davidyurman.com; (5) Diamante pattern money clip, Gucci, $150, gucci.com
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(1) Chevron lines décor money clip, Cartier, $305, cartier.com; (2) Stainless steel money clip, Montblanc, $140, saks.com (3) Double sided cash and credit money clip, Men In Cities, $40, menincities.com; (4) Cable knot money clip, David Yurman, $325, davidyurman.com; (5) Diamante pattern money clip, Gucci, $150, gucci.com

 Money clips allow you to keep your bank cards, ID, and cash stacked neatly while averting bulky back pockets. Looking bling is an enviable bonus. Top Pick: Cartier's Chevron lines money clip comes in stainless steel and has a hinge to keep things tight. If you don't own a Cartier watch yet, consider this a good first step toward fine jewelry. 

(1) Leather wallet case for iPhone, Mujjo, $35.21, mujjo.com; (2) Brown leather icon wallet for iPhone, HEX, $49.95, shophex.com; (3) Hinge case for iPhone, Logitech, $49.95 apple.com; (4) Phone case 3 card, Bellroy, $64.95, bellroy.com; (5) Tobacco Horween latigo leather, MAKR, $120, makr.com
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(1) Leather wallet case for iPhone, Mujjo, $35.21, mujjo.com; (2) Brown leather icon wallet for iPhone, HEX, $49.95, shophex.com; (3) Hinge case for iPhone, Logitech, $49.95 apple.com; (4) Phone case 3 card, Bellroy, $64.95, bellroy.com; (5) Tobacco Horween latigo leather, MAKR, $120, makr.com

If you’re an avid user of Google Wallet or Apple Pay, these iPhone case-wallet hybrids are perfect for you, offering phone protection and space for an ID, plus a back-up card or two. Top Pick: Mujjo's leather wallet case gives you enough room to store spare cash and three cards without bulking up your pocket.   

Moti Ankari is the associate market editor for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, or contact him at mankari@bloomberg.net.