Sometimes the most simple of everyday items are the most difficult to hunt down, and finding the perfect wallet is certainly one of these cases. Our buying guide this time around will help you out whether you favour a traditional bifold or a simple card wallet and whether you want to go leather or fabric, coin zipper or slimline, luxury or affordable.
We've also scoured the web for the best men's wallets you can get hold of this year, including designer picks from Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren, familiar fashion brands like Herschel and Ted Baker and RFID-blocking options to keep your money safe and secure. You can grab them all from John Lewis, ASOS, Amazon and eBay, no spare change needed.
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As the name implies, tri-fold wallets have three sections, which means enough room for stashing 10 or more cards as well as notes, receipts and so on. If you're not ready to give up cash completely or you absolutely must carry multiple cards every day, then these are your pick.
They'll no doubt be the bulkiest of the bunch when folded over, especially if you have a tendency to hoard when given the room, so they may better suit guys who tuck their wallets into a bag or briefcase instead of a pocket. Tri-folds are also most likely to feature a plastic window for your ID, your tube card or a snap of your sweetheart, so check for this if you'd like the option.
With their simple fold-over design, bifold wallets are a good middle ground if you value a wallet that doesn't bulge from the pocket of your slim-fit jeans but still offers enough space for most daily necessities.
Typically, bi-folds provide 6-8 card slots as well as a larger compartment for notes and receipts, which is usually enough for the average guy whether at work or play. They don't normally have ID card slots, though.
Fully bought into today's tap-and-go cashless society? You may want to upgrade, or rather downgrade, your old wallet to a minimalist card holder, offered as a single slip pocket with enough room for 3-5 cards (depending on how many you stuff into each section), and not much else bar a folded note or two.
These sleek holders are ideal for a night out, for guys who like to use their top pocket to stash their wallet, or for those who simply don't feel the need to cart around anything more than necessary.
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Coin pockets can feature on every style of wallet, occasionally even card holders, but do you really need one? Some people like to throw their loose change into a pocket, some prefer to keep it safe in a wallet, and others don't like to carry any at all if they can help it, so make sure to choose a design with space for coins if you require it.
On top of this, active types or guys who tend to rush around all day may like to check whether the coin pocket has a zip or button closure to prevent everything falling out, especially if you're not going to store your wallet in a bag.
From meetings to travel and at both the local pub and an upmarket restaurant, leather will always be in style and will complement pretty much whatever you're wearing. As with other leather goods, wallets made of this material will last a very long time, and they age rather well too, softening and picking up a unique patina over time.
Normally found in more muted tones like black and brown, it's undeniably handsome, but real leather can be quite expensive. You can make it more affordable if you don't go down the designer route and don't go for full-grain leather, though, which is of the highest quality.
Fabric wallets and other synthetics are a great option if you're into the more casual look or you're after a less fancy wallet to throw about as you please. You may even like to keep a leather wallet for special occasions and bring a non-leather one out and about, particularly if you spend time amongst the elements and need something more waterproof.
Don't forget that there's also PU synthetic leather, which is always cheaper than the real thing and vegan-friendly too. Or, if it's a cardholder you're after, you could go for an aluminium or steel design – guaranteed to keep the contents protected and a pretty smart Bond-esque choice too.
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They may not be for everyone, but wallets with RFID (radio frequency identification) protection are worth considering if you travel a lot or carry multiple credit and debit cards with you.
To explain, RFID is the contactless technology in your cards that allows you to pay with a tap rather than entering your PIN. In the same way that you scan them on a payment machine, thieves may be able to scan your credit cards and clone their information just by standing in your vicinity, thus enabling access to your money.
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Korning Leather Bifold Wallet
A Gift-Worthy Bifold With Just the Right Amount of Cool
Zebra Bifold Leather Wallet
A British Designer Classic in Just the Right Size
Polo Ralph Lauren
Bifold Leather Cardholder
Simple, Elegant Luxury for All Ages
Hide and Seek Leather Wallet
The Perfect Balance of Style and Build
London Mini Bifold Wallet
A Slim Multi-Card Carrier That Cuts Out the Bulk
Men's RFID Blocking Titanium Card Holder
A Modern Card Holder for the Minimalists
Herschel Supply Co.
Hans + Coin RFID Wallet
Cool and Casual Fabric for Everyday Use
Genuine Cow Leather RFID Wallet
Large Capacity Leather at a Great Price
Micro Size Minimalist Wallet
An Innovative Design That's Half the Size but Twice as Strong
Eton Credit Card Holder
Organise Your Cards In Style With This Subtle Hilfiger Design
A much-loved brand for many a British bloke, Ted Baker's latest leather bifold is as low-key as it is handsome and is sure to match any outfit or occasion. One for lovers of an affordable designer accessory without the in-your-face branding, the gold logo and corner tab add just the right amount of cool.
This wallet is made from 100% bovine leather for a quality build that will age beautifully over time. The size is appealing too – it resists the back pocket bulk with only 8 card slots, a zipped pocket and a single bill sleeve. If you're stuck for a gift idea, this is the kind of all-rounder any guy in your life would appreciate.
This is a great middle-ground if you've all but given up on cash, with six card slots and a few storage pockets for bills and receipts. Whether as a gift or a quality investment for yourself, this wallet will house all of your necessities without weighing you (or your pockets) down. A British classic that will never go out of fashion.
Ralph Lauren's leather card case is a simple, smart choice for men of all ages, providing a total of six card slots with just enough room for a couple of notes or receipts.
With an embossed silver foil brand logo on one side and the iconic polo player on the other, it's not as showy as some designer picks but still offers minimalist elegance without the bulk. If you're treating yourself and you want excellent craftsmanship and quality, this is as good as it gets.
Bellroy's practical yet presentable 'Hide and Seek' wallet tops many a Best Of list thanks to its super-slim premium leather build and a range of colour choices, each with a dapper contrasting lining.
The name refers to the very spacious card storage scattered throughout (between 5 and 12 cards can be held, including 4 easy-access slots for your most frequently used), as well as the concealed note compartment for tucking away larger notes or important items.
A slightly more informal card holder than our last, Travando's compact-yet-functional mini-wallet has 8 card slots, one of which takes the form of a nifty quick-access outer pocket to get you to your most-used cards with a flick of the thumb.
This is a good pick for guys who favour the condensed size of a card holder but still like to carry a bit of cash around, as there's a rust-resistant money clip built in, too. The wallet is crafted from synthetic leather, making it more accessible for budget-conscious or vegan shoppers.
Made from premium aircraft-grade aluminium, this ultra-sleek titanium card holder is one for the minimalist man. It holds 5-8 cards which are accessible single-handedly via a stack and slide ejection system, making it a strictly card-only affair. However, a design with a money clip is available if you'd prefer.
At less than a centimetre thick (around iPhone-width) and with a weight of only 50 grams, you'll barely notice it in either pocket, plus there's RFID protection too. A matte black presentation box is also included – perhaps a gift for the high flyer in your life?
Effortlessly cool luggage brand Herschel's wallet is just as thoughtful as their backpacks. This fabric number features multiple card slots for your essentials, a small, buttoned coin pocket, and some extra storage slots, all wrapped up in a reasonably-sized bifold design with their stitched logo.
It's also RFID protected, if you'd like the extra security, and available in several colours including this just-quirky-enough camo. It's a casual choice, but if you're not keen on the leather look or want a simple, well-made everyday wallet with coin storage, you can't go wrong.
Though it's the roomiest on our list, this unassuming bifold hybrid is slimmer than you'd expect when closed. Its design includes a plastic ID pocket – ideal for busy commuters wanting quick access to their transport card.
There's a total of 8 card slots as well as a full-sized bill pocket, so this one is best for those who need to carry multiple cards and receipts, or even those who just like to be able to feel that their wallet is still in their back pocket. Plus, for real leather, the price is great.
Designed and produced by our innovative American cousins, this is one of the slimmest wallets out there, proclaiming to be 2x thinner and 2.4 x lighter than your average leather product.
The soft synthetic material is waterproof, extremely durable, and even machine washable, so it will withstand even the most rotten of British winters. The downside is that it may seem a little too small for everyday use, especially for the price. However, it's definitely worth considering if you're after a lightweight and discreet travel wallet.
If you don't tend to carry much cash but you still want a way to keep track of your cards, this cardholder from Tommy Hilfiger is a great option. It offers 7 card slots and is made from 100% smooth leather.
With a subtle embossed logo on the back, and a small colourful logo on the front, in Tommy Hilfiger's classic colour scheme, this is the perfect option to coordinate with any aesthetic. There is a choice of wither brown or black, but both are a bargain at under £30!
Written and researched by Natasha Dziubajlo
No. 1: Ted Baker | Korning Leather Bifold Wallet
No. 2: Paul Smith | Zebra Bifold Leather Wallet
No. 3: Polo Ralph Lauren | Bifold Leather Cardholder
No. 4: Bellroy | Hide and Seek Leather Wallet | Caramel
No. 5: Travando | London Mini Bifold Wallet
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