The Best Wallets For Every Budget
For something that gets used almost (if not every) day of a man's life, a wallet is very rarely a considered purchase. Whereas my female friends will pick their next purse months in advance and save accordingly, most of my male friends have either a battered wallet that was given to them as a gift years before or will have a new one that they had to impulse purchase from the nearest store when the aforementioned battered model fell apart. Rarely is it a considered purchase and therefore rarely is it truly fit for his needs.
This has always struck me as a rather ridiculous situation. A man will take a lot of time picking out the right trousers, so why does he not take the same time and consideration over the far-more-used accessory he slips into his back pocket?
So, gentlemen, it's time to evolve – and time to find a wallet that suits your spending needs. In my experience, there are four main tribes in the wallet world and each has very specific demands for his currency carrier depending on how he likes to settle the bill. Take a look at my breakdown of these tribes below, plus have a browse of some of the best wallets for each.
The cash-free convert
Whether you want to future-proof your wallet for the cashless economy or simply don't want to ruin the line of your suit jacket, a card holder is the obvious choice for a man who solely carries plastic.
The ATM junkie
The billfold, as Americans call it, is perhaps the most classic option and spot-on for a man who still likes a bank note or two with him just in case or simply likes to pay for things in stacks of paper bills, which we can appreciate. You've got two main options here: a traditional billfold with a pouch for slipping notes into or a more modern interpretation with a clip in the centre. Either way, it'll keep those fifties crisp for their next night out.
The change carrier
Maybe you always need coins for the car park; maybe you're always worried you won't have change for tipping. If you are committed to coinage and don't want to jangle down the street with them in your pocket, you need something with a coin fitted as standard. Right now, the sleekest of these are zipped on three sides to stop anything spilling out, but if you want something a little different, there's a new generation of leather coin purses right now that can be clipped to your belt loop using a chain.
If you're the kind of man whose other car is a plane, you need a wallet that does double duty. A travel wallet is the polar opposite of a card holder, combining a card holder, multiple cash sleeves and a section for your passport and boarding pass (if you're still addicted to paper). If you want to slip it into your inside pocket, we would suggest one of the most slimline versions; however, if you have a bag with you (or prefer to carry it in-hand so you have all your documents at a moment's notice), go for a zipped version so that nothing will accidentally tumble out at check-in.
Herewith, our pick of the best wallets for men...
If you're looking for something that's simple but not too plain, this Fendi wallet is the perfect option. Made from a chic navy leather and accented with Fendi's signature bug eyes in neon green, its understated eccentricity is exactly the thing you need to make a subtle statement. £290 at mrporter.com
You can always rely on Acne Studios for chic staples that have a modern twist and this patent, blood-red card holder is no exception. £89 at endclothing.com
Looking to add a pop of colour to your look with your wallet? Look no further than this currency case from Smythson, which pairs a classic burgundy colour palette with playful, peak-a-boo zips. £250 at matchesfashion.com
Keep it simple with this timeless brushed-leather cardholder from Maison Margiela, which features four white stitches on the back for a pop of interest. £180 at matchesfashion.com
Gold and black is always a winning combo, particularly when they create a cardholder that's so chic that it looks nothing like a cardholder. With an inner compartment that slides out to reveal all of your cards, this option from The Row is the ultimate way to stay cash-free in style. £419 at matchesfashion.com
If you're a man who wants simplicity from your staples, then this wallet from Hugo Boss is for you. Made from smooth leather, with ample room for cards, cash and coins, it's a purchase that will stay with you for years to come. £89 at flannels.com
Just in case you ever forget what exactly you're supposed to put in your cardholder, this design from Off-White spells it out for you with Virgil Abloh's signature tongue-in-cheek design aesthetic. £140 at selfridges.com
Burberry's vintage check print has endured for almost a century now, so if you're looking for a wallet that you know will have longevity, you could do worse than to invest in a piece emblazoned with it. £240 at selfridges.com
As part of the Dior x Kaws collection, this cardholder has four card slots, one central pocket and features Kaws’ ultra-cool interpretation of Dior’s iconic bee logo. £280 at dior.com
Simple yet stylish, this leather cardholder is crafted from saffiano calfskin and is embossed with Canali’s monogram. Plus, with five card slots it's practical as well as sophisticated. Enquire at canali.com
Get in on the logomania trend and opt for Prada's cardholder wallet. It features four pockets for credit cards, an additional zip pocket for added security and the retro Prada logo in cobalt blue, of course. £259 at flannels.com
Dolce & Gabbana
Looking for something with timeless appeal? Dolce & Gabbana have you covered with their smooth leather logo cardholder. Featuring five card slots, it's subtly finished with their iconic logo in gold. £125 at flannels.com
If you’re in the market for a luxury wallet, look no further than Billionaire. This crocodile card wallet with a calfskin lining comes in black, red or blue and features the maison’s emblem on the front. £680 at billionaire.com
This stylish cardholder is crafted in fine Italian leather and is a fuss free take on a gentleman's essential. £98 at troubadourgoods.com
This handcrafted ivory card holder is as chic as they come and is made using the finest Windsor leather. £125 at globe-trotter.com
For those invested in colourblock clothing, we recommend this colourblock card holder by Hermès to match. Quite literally boasting shades of cool (bleu glacier, bleu royal and bleu indigo, as described), it’s finished in Epsom calfskin and has a sleek look all around. Slot it into the pocket of a denim jacket for maximum effect. £380 at hermes.com
William & Son
This is one for the travellers. William & Son’s minimalist leather wallet features four currency shelves and eight credit card pockets, so you’ll never be short for space. Let your sophistication spill over into your accessories – this piece is likely to bode well with a head-to-toe black outfit. £210 at williamandson.com
Serious on the outside, while totally bonkers on the inside. £325 at loewe.com
This Gucci cardholder is the chicest way to carry your cards this autumn. £200 at gucci.com