For most men, the humble wallet is an everyday carry staple. It’s one of the most important accessories you can own––after all, it carries important cargo like your ID and credit cards.
Think for a moment about your own wallet use. How often do you carry a wallet? What do you keep in it? Of everything you keep in your wallet, what do you use every day?
Is your wallet in your pocket right now? Can you feel it wedged between you and your seat?
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Most men carry their wallets all day, every day. And most men carry too much wallet. Chances are you don't actually need that heavy duty trifold with the extra flap for photo ID and a zip up change pouch.
Unless you’ve got 18 credit cards, a slim wallet will likely be more than adequate.
If you’re currently lugging around an oversized, George Costanza wallet, I’m going to try to convince you to trade it in for a sleek, modern, slim alternative.
What’s the Deal with Slim Wallets?
Before we take a look at some of the best slim men’s wallets out there, let me first address the question that’s probably on your mind: Why convert to a slim wallet?
Here are three compelling reasons:
1. Slim Wallets Are Good for Your Back
Believe it or not, sitting with a thick wallet in one of your back pockets can throw off your posture. I’m no physiologist, but I do know that research has shown that sitting lopsided over time can cause sciatica, which is basically pain in your lower back.
This means that thick, bulky wallets are literally a pain in the ass.
(Someone should probably Tweet that.)
2. Slim Wallets Are More Convenient
Picture this: You're shuffling through a crowded line, maybe at the grocery store or the subway station. Things are busy but moving until someone throws a wrench in the whole system because they can't find their ID, credit card, or fare card.
Have you been there before? I know I have, and it's not a good feeling.
Slim wallets force you to carry only the essentials, so you never have to dig through them to find what you need. You can grab whatever you need in just a few seconds.
3. Slim Wallets Are Safer
I’m a fan of carrying my wallet in my front pocket, but this can be hard to do if you’ve got a wallet that’s bursting at the seams. However, you can easily slide a slim wallet right into your front pocket.
In addition to being more comfortable and better on your back, this placement also makes your wallet much harder to steal.
Granted, most of us don't have to worry about pickpocketing on a daily basis, but it is a concern while traveling or in certain areas, and it's good to know that you can move your wallet into a front pocket without sacrificing comfort.
Plus, when is the last time something fell out of your front pocket? Exactly.
Not convinced yet? Maybe you just haven’t found the right slim wallet for you.
Our 8 Favorite Slim Wallets
Here are some of our favorite slim wallets that cover a variety of styles and budgets.
1. Anson Calder Card Wallet with Cash Pocket
If you want a slim leather wallet that has all the hallmarks of a classic men’s wallet, this Anson Calder wallet might be the ideal choice for you.
It’s only ⅛” thick, but it can surprisingly fit up to 12 cards, which is probably way more than you need, anyway.
You also get a lot of options here. Choose from soft French calfskin or hardy Sport Leather and six different colors that all look great.
To protect against digital theft, you can make a $15 upgrade to get RFID protection. And if you so desire, you can even get it monogrammed.
This is a great option for guys who just want to get in and out of their wallet with minimal fuss. You’ll easily remember where everything is so you can retrieve anything at a moment’s notice.
2. Saddleback Leather Slim Leather Card Wallet
Saddleback Leather calls this their most simple yet complex wallet, which is a pretty good description of how versatile it is.
With a natural, rustic look, this wallet can hold 8 cards and a fair amount of cash. It comes in four appealing colors, all of which nicely complement the full grain leather.
3. Saddleback Leather Front Pocket Leather ID Wallet
Another offering from Saddleback Leather, the Front Pocket Leather ID Wallet offers a different take on the slim leather wallet.
As the name suggests, this wallet has a front window that’s designed for an ID card, but it’s no one trick pony; you can fit up to 10 total cards in the window slot.
Impressively, this wallet was voted #1 best front pocket wallet by Lifehacker forum members. With its slender profile that belies its carry capacity, it’s easy to see why.
4. Bellroy Card Sleeve
If you want the sleekest men’s wallet out there, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that can one-up the Bellroy Card Sleeve.
One of the slimmest wallets on this list, the Bellroy has a gracefully sloping silhouette that barely takes up any space, measuring in at only 103mm x 71mm.
This super slim wallet has a few unique features, such as a pull tab that allows you to pull out your main card with ease.
It also has quick access slots on the front and back for other daily necessities you often find yourself reaching for. If you want to go full Marie Kondo on your pocket, the Bellroy is worth serious consideration.
5. Taylor Stitch Minimalist Wallet
While most slim wallets are minimalist by nature, this Taylor Stitch wallet doubles down on the minimalist aspect to offer one of the thinnest, lightest wallets on the market.
It features four exterior card slots, one side slot for cash, and a hidden card slot liner to mitigate bulk and stretching.
Even though it’s slim, it doesn’t sacrifice durability. Made of 100% full-grain Spanish cowhide, this wallet will last you a long time, and you’ll probably even be able to pass it down to your kids and grandkids.
6. Secrid Slimwallet
Looking for something a bit different aesthetically? You might like the Secrid Slimwallet.
Secrid offers many thin wallet options, but the Slimwallet is arguably the most versatile.
It’s a slim bifold wallet that uses aluminum to both block RFID signals and fortify the wallet itself.
The Slimwallet line offers a whopping 49 different styles, all of which look fantastic. (The one above is the trusty Vintage Brown.)
This wallet holds up to 12 cards, and you can store cash in its unique billfold. It’s a more modern wallet than some of the more traditional styles on this list, so if that’s important to you, the Secrid is definitely worth a look.
7. Ridge Wallet
You might recognize the Ridge name––the company has been making waves thanks to their distinctive approach to the contemporary wallet.
The Ridge is unlike any other wallet on this list, and really, it’s a reimagining of what a wallet can be.
Instead of a plush leather affair, the Ridge is made of metal for maximum sturdiness. (It comes in aluminum, carbon fiber, and even titanium.)
Thanks to the carefully placed cutouts, you can easily slide cards in and out, and with the addition of a cash strap or money clip, you can store your bills securely.
So if you want to go full minimalist or opt for something leather-free, the Ridge is a great choice. It’s not your grandpa’s wallet, but you may just find that it works much better for your modern needs.
8. Dash Wallet
Another great leather-free option, this wallet is made from rugged vegan canvas that’s undergone the classic Saffiano process, giving it that timeless crosshatched look that will fit right into your wardrobe. And since it’s reinforced canvas, it’s tough as nails and virtually weatherproof.
This wallet is for the true minimalists out there. Featuring a quick slot, a card pocket and a dedicated cash pocket, the Dash 3.0 gives you the essentials, allowing you to say goodbye to heavy pockets forever.
I recently picked up this wallet, and I’m absolutely loving it. It’s so slim and light that I often forget it’s in my pocket. It has a nice sturdy construction with tight stitching that’s held up like a charm.
Plus it’s nice to be able to just whip it out and instantly get what I need instead of having to unclasp and unfold a clunky billfold.
And, of course, it looks classy. Whether you’re a working professional or a student, this wallet will fit right into your EDC.
Even if one of these 8 wallets isn’t the perfect one for you, I hope you do consider switching to a slim wallet. It’s hard to go back to a standard trifold (or even bifold) after making the switch to a slim.
What kind of wallet do you currently own? Thinking about switching to a slim wallet? Let’s talk in the comments!