The Best Slim Wallets for Men in 2023
Ditch that hamburger-sized behemoth and get one of these modern, minimalist wallets instead.
The best slim wallets for men reimagine what everyday carry looks (and feels) like. Why schlep a bevy of cards, cash, and receipts? Lightening the load is liberating.
If you’re like most men, you’ve probably got a leather bifold busting at the seams and maybe even a money clip stuffed with bills because you can’t fit everything in one place. It’s time to streamline and invest in something new.
Minimalist wallets cut down on what you carry around because of the simple fact there’s less pack it with stuff you don’t need. Like cleaning out your closet, this forces you to edit down to the bare essentials. No more business cards you’ll never hand out, expired coupons, or sandwich shop loyalty cards. Changing traditional leather for metal—common with many lighter wallets today—slims things down, too, while offering excellent strength-to-weight ratio.
But what if you still like to carry cash? That’s a smart move, especially when traveling—and the modern crop of thin wallets can accommodate a few. None will hold nearly as much as that faded, leather bifold wallet, but they also won’t stretch out like leather or stealthily grow to the size of a quarter-pounder burger either. Slip one of these stylish, minimalist wallets in your back pocket instead.
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Best Slim Wallets for Men
1. WESN Forsta
Forsta is a classic leather bifold wallet reimagined as a minimalist essential that carries up to 16 cards and leaves room for cash. Just over 1/4-inch thick, this 5-ounce wallet weighs more than other svelte designs, but the Swedish leather and contrasting stitching feel nicer in-hand. If you’re trading in a traditional bifold, using Forsta should be second nature.
2. Grid Antimicrobial Copper
Even before Covid, your wallet was probably covered in germs. The two aluminum plates on this 1/4-inch-thick wallet are treated to kill bacteria and viruses on contact—and also provide RFID blocking (to safeguard against wireless theft). It holds 12 cards that pop up with the pull of a finger, while a money clip holds onto cash.
3. Ridge Carbon Fiber 3K
Ridge’s RFID-blocking carbon-fiber shell goes beyond cool design: The screws are elastic and the cash strap are replaceable, meaning this might be the last wallet you buy. The 1/4-inch-thick build holds up to 12 cards and still leaves room for a few bills. A finger cutout on the side lets you push all the cards out in one movement. Pair it with a cash strap, money clip, or both.
[From $140; ridge.com]
4. TGT Wallets Americana Deluxe
The business side of this thin wallet is rich, dual-pocketed Italian lambskin, while the party side is a stretchy red, white, and blue band that carries about seven cards. Tuck some essential cash into the leather side, and maybe a key, too. This handmade wallet is a conversation starter each time you reach to pay for something.
5. Dango M007 Maverick
While probably not TSA-friendly, this RFID-blocking wallet conceals a secret aluminum multi-tool with 10 functions, including a seat belt cutter, oxygen wrench, and bottle opener. The rest of the wallet holds up to 10 cards and cash, keeping it all secure with a silicone band. The 3-inch width is a little wider than other wallets on this list, but we’re betting most bifolds won’t help you slice open Amazon packages either.
6. Nomatic Wallet
Want to ease into a new minimalist wallet while still leaving some cash to put in it? Nomatic’s synthetic webbing wallet holds up to 14 cards with a stretchy material that won’t lose its shape. Give a tug on the leather pull tab and the cards slide up enough to fan them out and find the one you need. The front holds one or two cards requiring the most frequent access, like an ID, and some folded cash in a dedicated side pocket.
7. Pelican G5 Personal Utility RF Field Wallet
The rubber gasket on one half of this clamshell wallet seals tightly, so you can take it out on the water. The aircraft-grade aluminum shell blocks RFID and can keep your cards and cash dry for up to 30 minutes in the drink. Inside is a 4×2 1/2-inch space that’s about a half-inch deep to store a few cards, cash, and a key. A lanyard makes tethering easy.
8. Groove Life Groove Wallet
This 1/4-inch-thick wallet houses six cards and ejects them in stadium-style seating, so the end of the exact card you need is easy to see. But what’s unique is how. It’s a simple swipe up of the thumb that activates a hinge, and it takes all of a second. The RFID-blocking case has a removable money clip to hold onto folded cash. If you carry cards mostly, there might not be a faster wallet to deploy and return that plastic.
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9. Bellroy Flip Case
The problem with a lot of minimalist wallets is the metal feels and looks cold. This 3/8-inch thick, RFID-blocking Bellroy comes in eight leather options. Double-sided, it opens one-handed and snaps closed using magnets. Inside is a divider where each side holds up to four cards. Or, you can adjust one side to carry two cards and some folded cash.
10. Focx R2 Accountant
The shared element most modern, minimalist wallets have is an easy eject method for quick access to the gaggle of cards life requires. Focx handles that in a more tactile way. Instead of a swipe of the thumb or press of a finger, you pull on a tab that yanks out the two or three most-used cards—the wallet holds 10 total, or eight if you want room for cash. The leather build, finished in wax, wraps around the cards with more slots and room for cash. An elastic band wraps around to keep it closed and is topped with a loop to thread on a key.
11. Nixon State
If it’s unlikely you’ll give up carrying cash, this Nixon wallet is an evolution that combines the simplicity of a broccoli band with the handsome leather of a bifold. The leather opens to create a 4×2 1/4-inch pocket around your cash and cards while a synthetic band keeps everything closed. It’s not as easy to deploy as some metal versions, but it keeps notes tidy and likely won’t lose its shape over time.
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