Classic wallets were made for a bygone era, and they have become worse than passé. The cumbersome design of standard bi or tri-fold wallets is not only obsolete, it is dangerous. Carrying an oversized billfold, money clip, or passport case affects your back, your balance, and can cause long-term health issues; even if it rides in your front pocket. The solution to this conundrum is to go smaller, carrying only the basics.
A little money, your ID, and some credit cards are all most people need in the modern age, and toting those about can be accomplished with one of the best minimalist wallets.
Hammer Anvil RFID Safe
For Basic Coverage: When you need to pinch every penny, or just don’t want to spend a mint on your wallet, the RFID Safe has a classic style and provides a guard against digital thieves. Built for mostly cards, it can be your daily wallet for quick purchases or your backup for holding the serious plastic.
RFID Dash 4.0
For High Tech Protection: A slim little pouch for rapidly removing cash and cards, every version of the Dash – from the 1.0 on up – is made to protect against digital thieves looking to snatch your identity from a distance. Elastic backing makes it expandable, a matte black finish makes it stylish, and optional RFID allows you to decide whether or not it’s right for your lifestyle.
For Office Chic: Kickstarter and Hive design have taken a geek habit and made it into an industrial choice. In several striking colors, the Edwin is essentially a high-class binder clip for your cash and cards. The back gives you several hex wrenches and acts as a minor multi-tool for those who never stop working.
Metro Slim Wallet 2
For a Perfect Match: Premium-grade leather in several stylish designs and colors, the Metro Slim 2 lacks any flair or adornment because it is meant to function seamlessly. Able to hold a few cards and cash, it’s understated, but also exemplifies how sharp true minimalism can be.
Herschel Supply Co. ‘Hank’
For Pub Crawls: You’re not going to take your fine leather with you when you head out for a few brews at your local watering hole, but you still need a way to pay your tab. Rugged denim on the outside with a dyed refinement shows that you’re a discerning person of taste, but also practical when the time calls for it.
Axess RFID-blocking Compact Wallet
For Anyone: Business, casual, home, away, the hand-cut, Italian, vegetable-tanned leather exudes an air of clean professionalism that’s at home wherever you are. A basic card and cash set of pockets in a low profile makes it the friend of the urban commuter.
Raphael Lean Essentials Wallet
For Business Lunches: Every one of these gorgeous wallets is hand-sewn using saddle stitching to create firm seams that won’t unravel during everyday carry. Segregated slots let you keep your cash and most common cards on hand, while your AMEX Black card can be hidden away for when you need to buy that mini-submarine.
Agog Ultra Slim Bifold
For the Traditionalist: Many bi-fold wallets are on the bubble between thin enough and not. Agog’s Ultra Slim is meant to cut the weight of a wallet in half, while retaining a more standard style that works to fold cash cleanly and keep extra items on hand for emergencies.
For Life: Tough as hell thanks to the construction style, which uses full-grain Horween leather and linen thread, The Doublecross is a simple, foldable piece that will age gracefully. As it gets older, it adopts a patina and coloring at the edges for a look that is undeniably masculine while still retaining its feminine softness.
The Key by Bronxton
For More Space: The person who doesn’t carry many keys might not need a bulky keyring taking up space in their pocket. To free up a little room, consider not only a slimmer wallet, but one that also makes your keychain superfluous.
Billetus Carbon Fiber Money Clip
For Stopping a Bullet: Carbon Fiber (CF) is generally used by police and military personnel as part of their EDC gear. It’s meant to stand up to the worst the world has to offer without batting an eye. The flat, matte appearance is all business, while the treated clip adds a polished look. Inside is titanium, which is fully RFID blocking for protecting your accounts and identity.
Bellroy Micro Sleeve
For Quickdraws: All minimalist wallets can be more easily pulled from a pocket for paying out, but the Micro Sleeve takes it to a whole new level with a pair of quick card slots on either side of the vegetable tanned leather body. A central push pocket holds cash and accessories, and a 3-year warranty adds peace of mind.
Union Wallet in Cherry by Madera
For the Love of Wood: Leather, nylon, and metal are the most common materials used for your average wallet. The Union proves that wood should be making much more of a showing in the pocket-carry world. Slender and sturdy, the Union brings the beauty of blonde cherry wood right to your pocket in a hard-sided design that’s as functional as it is appealing.
Black Passport Case by Pineda Covalin
For Jet-Setting: Long and tall, this still qualifies as a minimalist wallet due to the fact that it does reduce wasted space through consolidation; so long as you are a person who travels often. To reduce your carry-on bulk, keeping this on hand will make time with the TSA simpler, and trips through customs smoother. It’s also easier to remove from a jacket pocket, making it business-savvy.
Parabellum Cash & Carry Wallet
For Utilitarian Artistry: Parabellum is a California company that wants to make pieces that are arresting in their aesthetic, but bring as much rough-and-readiness as their staid but functional counterparts. Both the beauty and the utility are on display with the Cash & Carry. The only problem is: we love taking it out too much…
The Fold by Leffot
For Origami: Beautiful Horween shell cordovan is used to cut each Fold that goes out. The horse leather is soft and smooth to the touch, the simple folding mechanism keeps your pocket cash organized, and the deep, rich colors show how exceptional Leffot’s production process is at creating goods that last for ages.
Ghurka Credit Card Window Wallet No. 202
For Any Pocket: Best for young upstart who still gets carded or the special agent with codeword clearance, the No. 202 is proof of good things come in small packages. It’s tiny enough to fit inside other wallets, yet manages to find space for multiple cards, ID, and its own naturally flawless French calfskin.
Shinola Slim Bifold
For an American Original: Shinola is the company that is trying to single-handedly revive Detroit, and this wallet shows they can do it. TheHorween Essex leather has been tanned at home in the USA, the array of colors is stunning, the simplicity is endearing, and it actually gets better with age and use.
Mark Cross Card Case
For the Best: The name Mark Cross should be all that is needed for anyone who knows, but this will convince those who missed the boat: cognac-colored Italian leather worked by hand to supple glory, you can stash a few cards in it or just admire it from afar. It’s quality; it’s simplicity; it’s everything a minimalist wallet should be.