Unlike our wives and girlfriends, we don’t have the luxury (most of us) of hauling our everyday carry in a purse. While we can always ask them kindly to stuff our gear into their small bags every time we head out to dinner, we all know nobody wins in that situation. So it’s time to step up your wallet game, be a man, and be responsible for your own vital necessities.
That’s where these innovative, minimalist wallets come in. Sure, the classic bifold still exists and is always a go-to, but today there’s a whole new crop of slim, ultra-functional wallets and card holders on the market. Aside from the clean, clever looks these men’s wallets provide a lot of benefits, especially for those of us who travel or are on the road.
Firstly, they eliminate the old bulge in the pocket with their slender, slide-in-your-pocket design – so if you’re on the road there’s no need to store your wallet in the centre console (and then forget where you put it). Leave it in your back pocket and never worry about bent cards and warped keys. Plus, all of these wallets we feature are made of top-notch materials; the metal ones often of high-quality aluminum and steel. They allow you to carry all your pertinent credit cards, keys, frequent buyer cards, and cash in one, simple solution that works and looks great.
So, here’s our ongoing picks for the best & latest men’s minimalist wallets that are slim in design, cut down the bulk, and offer more functionality than a bifold:
Trayvax Armored Summit Wallet
Trayvax’s latest wallet is both minimal and tough. Made of stainless steel melonite-finished frame, the Summit wallet will easily hold 1-7 cards and up to 5 bills, weights a mere 3.36 oz, and comes with a lifetime heirloom warranty.
Handmade in the US and sporting mil-spec nylon webbing, an ultra-durable armoured plate for added protection, RFID-blocking technology, and above all, an integrated bottle opener, the Trayvax Armored Summit wallet appears to be a pretty good deal at US$29.99. Again, it’s got a bottle opener.
Dango Tactical EDC Wallet
Weighting in at just over 2 oz, Dango’s tough new wallet is super slim but looks rugged as hell. Made of Genuine top grain leather that is secured to the Dango Wallet chassis with mil-spec bolts, the Tactical EDC wallet will comfortably hold up to 12 cards and comes with the Dango Multi-Tool built-in.
Fortunately, if you’re traveling by air without checked bags, you can remove the multi-tool altogether from the wallet. Otherwise, you’ll have a saw, knife, paracord tensioner, 10/15mm hex, smartphone stand, nail pryer, and ruler at your disposal. Nice. Goes for US$89.00.
Ekster Senate Card Holder + Tracker Card
Since when are men’s wallets solar-powered? That’s right, until now. Pushing the wallet boundaries, Ekster’s new Senate Card Holder + Tracker Card wallet is super-slim, offering card access in an instant with a push of a button – holding up to 7 cards to be exact. Made from top-grain leathers alongside an aluminum card holder, this wallet is made for minimalist storage and super lightweight carry.
So, back to the main point: this one has smart features including a solar-powered tracking card function that connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth and ensures you never lose your wallet again. Honestly, that’s enough reason to consider this on your shortlist. Priced at US$89 – learn more at Huckberry.
It’s slimmer and more compact than most Costanza-sized wallets, though the Vessel Wallet really sets itself apart thanks to two unique features: a two-way sliding card compartment and a concealed drawer. The former helps you quickly find the card you’re looking for by swiping the ones in the way downwards before swiping the right one up — somewhat like making your way through modern-day dating app profiles.
The APEX Aluminum Wallet is made out of a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum and is designed to be able to carry up to seven cards and a few bills. When full it can end up being around the same thickness as an iPhone all while looking effortlessly cool.
It’s not the first ultra-slim wallet to expose the cards within, but the Fantom Quick Access Wallet does do so in a novel way. Pull its lever with your thumb and all contained cards fan out, so you can quickly grab the right one or scan your RFID entry card or transit pass without removing it from your wallet.
The Matrix Card Holder was created by Danish designer Jens Anso after he first started making them in his shop. Only making a few at a time he saw the potential of his product when his first design would quickly sell out. After improving upon his initial design the Matrix Card Holder was born. It gives its owners a lightweight alternative to the traditional bulky wallet.
The Dango P01 Pioneer Bifold Wallet is a slim, functional, and luxurious accessory to your EDC that is specially conceptualized to bring out the best in modern gentlemen. Made of premium Italian leather that has been vegetable tanned to give it exceptional eco-friendliness, the Dango is one superbly looking wallet you can easily slip into your trousers’ front pocket.
The 1000 Navigator wallet is crafted from nissian leather that will age beautifully with time. The leather is supple, sleek, and comes with loads of character. The wallet is accented with a leather strap that keeps the wallet closed and secure – which is always a good thing.
If you’re a guy used to carrying around a thick, bulky leather wallet, get ready to make a big change for the better. That change comes in the form of the Ridge Aluminum Wallet and Money Clip, a one-of-a-kind piece that can accommodate varying numbers of cards and varying amounts of cash thanks to handy design touches.
This unique wallet is made from decommissioned fire hose and sewn together using T-90 nylon thread. For ultimate convenience, these money clip wallets are fashioned on a no nonsense, slim design. Each of these wallets holds 4-8 cards and come in a variety of colors. The leather on these wallets are made from full grain leather and are fire and water resistant.