The 30 Best Minimalist Wallets for Men to Buy in 2022

Jan 19, 2022

Category: Gear

Regardless of what part of the world you hail from, currency is always something you’ll need to keep on hand — at least in some form or another. It’s one of the most universal necessities. And, as a result, so are wallets — which probably explains why there are literally thousands of options available on the market at any given time. In the modern era, however, monetary systems have largely begun to shift away from physical currency and have started embracing digital versions — which started with the widespread usage of credit cards.

Nowadays, most people can get by with a wallet that holds just a few cards and some cash — perhaps even less. And so the methods we choose to carry our increasingly pared-down forms of currency have also begun to become more and more pared-down themselves. Practically gone are the days of thick, trifold wallets with their unnecessary bulk — and bifolds aren’t too far behind. Whether you’re no stranger to slimmed-down EDC or you’re looking to finally make the shift, you’ll find your next cash and card carrier on our list of the best minimalist wallets for men.

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The Best

Choice-Cut Cardholders

Supr Slim Wallet

Best Budget Option: If you’re looking for an ultra-minimalist wallet on the low end of the price spectrum, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than our budget pick: the Supr Slim Wallet. At just under $20 bucks a pop, it’s easily one of the most affordable card carriers on the market. Not only that, but the Supr is also hands-down one of the lowest-profile wallets you can buy today. It’s made from an accommodating, flexible elastic, and it comes with enough capacity for anything between 1-8 cards. Otherwise, however, it’s refreshingly fuss-free.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): Elastic

Purchase: $19

Pioneer Molecule Cardholder

Best Technical Option: The sum of more than a decade’s worth of R&D, the Molecule is made from a state-of-the-art 10XD Ripstop fabric. Soft to the touch (not unlike cloth) and yet some ten times stronger than steel, it’s a wallet that’ll last you a lifetime and feel good all the while. And here’s the thing: because it’s ultralight (just 28g), water-repellent, and machine washable, it’s incredibly easy to care for. Holding some 4-6 cards (and, in some cases, even more), it even comes with an integrated main top slot for folding away some bills. Less a card carrier than it is a lifetime companion, the Molecule is a wallet that can’t be beat when it comes to technical prowess.

Card Capacity: 6
Material(s): 10XD Ripstop

Purchase: $65

The Ridge Wallet

Best Metal Option: The Ridge Wallet is a name that needs no introduction, as this ultra-slim metal offering pretty much revolutionized the minimalist cash and card carrier movement. Still relevant today, it’s easily amongst the finest options available on the market. For one, the styling is unmistakable; instantly recognizable as a Ridge original. Comprised of a pair of 6061 aluminum plates (or titanium, or even carbon, if they’re more your speed), a cash strap, and an alloy money retainer, it’s sleek and understated, yet highly functional too. What’s more, the wallet boasts a generous 12-card max capacity, and Ridge gives you the option to customize your carry. That is to say – if you’re after all-out security, there’s an elastic strap that snugly wraps around your cash. If that’s not your thing, however, Ridge also offers a money clip that makes for something a bit more traditional.

Card Capacity: 12
Material(s): 6061 Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Titanium

Purchase: $125

Bellroy Flip Case

Best Organization: As is to be expected of Bellroy’s top-notch EDC accessories, the Flip Case sports a design that’s as clean as they come. Made from premium eco-tanned leather, it features a classy molded hardshell design that’s only made better by its durable polymer liner. Along with providing some built-in RFID protection, its outer shaping and interior dividers help to keep your cards safe and your cash crispy. Inside, the Flip Case features some pretty handy organizational provisions. On one side, it packs away two of your most-used cards for quick access. The other side, however, proves far more spacious, storing a further 5 cards (whilst also providing a nifty divider should you want to swap out one in favor of some folded bills). Understated, intuitive, and as cutting edge as you’ll find, it’s a wallet that’s perfect for the urban minimalist who wants to streamline their carry.

Card Capacity: 7
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $89

Ekster Parliament Wallet

Best Quick-Access: If there’s one common theme amongst most minimalist wallets, it’s that once you’ve stuffed your cards and cash inside, it’s not exactly easy to try and retrieve them again. The folks at Ekster are an exception to the rule, as they’ve managed to remedy that problem with the Parliament. At first glance, the Parliament appears to be a simple cardholder. With just a single fold-out flap and an elasticated cash retainer, it proves quite a handsome piece. Inside, however, it features an ultra-handy ejection mechanism, integrated RFID protection, and an optional built-in tracker (for just a bit extra). And that’s not all; along with its feature-full functionality, the Parliament also comes with a pretty respectable storage capacity. Holding some 4-6 cards in the built-in aluminum cardholder and as many as 12 in the wallet total (plus folded bills in the cash strap), it’s a spacious little wallet that’ll carry pretty much anything you could ever need.

Card Capacity: 12
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $89

Distil Union Wally Bifold 5.0

Best Bifold Alternative: If you haven’t had your hands on one of Distil Union’s wallets before, we should point out that the fifth version of their Wally Bifold brings a couple of notable updates. Along with being slimmer in profile and deeper in pockets, it also comes with MagLock for maximum security, as well as a custom money clip that’s machined from a single piece of stainless steel. And remember, the Wally Bifold was already a pretty capable cardholder, stitched from rich full-grain leather and built with two handy interior slots for instant access to IDs and other important carry. With storage for as many as 14 cards (plus up to 30 folded bills) as well as some convenient color-coded pull-tabs and squeeze-to-open functionality, it’s easily the most spacious wallet in our roundup. It’s best to think of the Wally as a bifold made for the modern-day, as it combines everything we love about the classic style (spacious storage, security, etc.) in a compact, pocket-friendly package.

Card Capacity: 14
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $75

Nomad Card Wallet Plus

Best Tracker: Just because you’re after a wallet that’s minimalist in form factor doesn’t mean you have to compromise on versatility or function. Case in point: the Nomad Card Wallet Plus, a unique folder that – when combined with the brand’s AirTag Card – makes for a potent one-two punch in pocketable security. The wallet itself comes crafted from Nomad’s proprietary thermoformed Horween leather, meaning it molds to your cards and develops its own distinct patina over time. Offering a spacious 16-card maximum capacity, it features an external quick access pocket for IDs and other frequently used carry. And when it comes to the Card for AirTag, you’re essentially getting a credit card-shaped AirTag holder that allows you to track your wallet with the help of the Find My App. Made with a polycarbonate frame and a soft-touch TPU surface, it makes installation simple whilst also keeping the tracker incredibly secure.

Card Capacity: 16
Material(s): Horween Leather

Purchase: $90+

The Rest

Other Options To Consider

Flowfold RFID Blocking Minimalist Wallet

Made proudly in Maine and slapped with a lifetime guarantee, Flowfold’s Minimalist Wallet is aptly named, as it really only features a single, slim pocket into which you can stash your cards and cash. And that makes it ideal for those with an appreciation for bare-bones everyday carry — made better by the fact that it’s also extremely lightweight to the point that (empty) it can actually float atop water. Meanwhile, it can still hold up to 8 bills and cards, making it more than suitable for most people’s daily needs. Furthermore, some versions are made from recycled waterproof sail fabric, which is a nice sustainable bonus.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): X-Pac or Lite Skin Composite Fabric

Purchase: $20

Gerber Barbill Wallet

Gerber’s Barbill Wallet is about as minimalist as it gets — unless you wanted to just use a cheap rubber band, that is — without actually sacrificing its ability to hold your cards and cash securely together. Its simple, skeletonized frame is built from solid stainless steel, and the cash strap is stretchy elastic suited to keeping as many as seven cards and bills in place. And while there’s about as little material here as possible, it still has an integrated bottle opener.

Card Capacity: 7
Material(s): Stainless Steel, Elastic

Purchase: $20

Armatus EDC Wallet

For those with a taste for the military and tactical, the Armatus Vita might just be the slim wallet you’re looking for. As its name suggests, this minimalist cash and card carrier is constructed from mil-spec Kydex — making it ultralight, waterproof, and practically indestructible in day-to-day usage. Furthermore, it’s available in seven different colorways, fits eight cards and cash, has a secure snap-button closure, and was made right here in the USA. This wallet proves that minimalism and durability can actually go hand-in-hand.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): Kydex

Purchase: $25+

Spine Wallet

If you could look up the definition of “ultra-minimalist wallet” in the dictionary, you might also see a photo of the Spine Wallet you see here. After all, this slim cash and card carrier is made up of just two parts: a metal plate (constructed from your choice of brass, copper, or titanium) and an elastic band to hold your cash and cards. Oh yeah, and that little cutout doubles as a thumb hole — to deploy your cards — and also a bottle opener — for cracking open a cold beer or two. The brand even offers Damascus versions in titanium and copper, laser engraving (perfect for bachelor parties), and more.

Card Capacity: 10
Material(s): Brass, Copper, Titanium

Purchase: $25+

Recycled Firefighter The Sergeant Slim Wallet

Famous for building their minimalist wallets from genuine decommissioned fire hoses, Recycled Firefighter is a name that should come as no surprise to hear in the conversation about the best slim wallets around. And while they do actually offer bifolds and other pieces of gear, we’re partial to the Sergeant — which is sleek enough to fit in your front pocket and can still hold up to 8 cards (and cash in the included elastic strap). Furthermore, the brand was started by an actual firefighter and all these wallets are made in the USA.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): Recycled Firehose, Nylon

Purchase: $29

Corkor Front Pocket Wallet

Crafted entirely from natural cork, the Corkor slim wallet you see here is completely vegan, sustainable, and might just be the lightest cash and card carrier around. It also benefits from two compartments — a front-accessible sleeve for your most-used card(s) and a center pocket for cash and other less-used cards (which also has a quick-access pull tab for easier deployment). It’s even available in five different, handsome colorways, so you can match it to the rest of your everyday carry gear without incident.

Card Capacity: 10
Material(s): Cork

Purchase: $30

American Bench Craft Caliber Money Clip Wallet

Brilliantly meshing heritage-level styling and materials into a thoroughly modern slim wallet, American Bench Craft’s Caliber Money Clip Wallet is sure to be a hit with the traditionalists looking to make the leap into the world of minimalism. It’s available in two formats: black leather with silver hardware and oxblood leather with brass hardware. Either way, it’s made in the USA and can hold up to four cards and a wad of cash.

Card Capacity: 7
Material(s): Melonite-Finished Steel & Nylon

Purchase: $35

Trayvax Armored Summit Wallet

Trayvax makes some of the most sought-after, military-inspired, tactical minimalist wallets around. So when we tell you that the Summit is perhaps the brand’s best-selling offering, you should understand how significant that is. But even without the numbers to back it up, this wallet’s specs are impressive. They include a melonite-finished steel armor plate, a seven-card and five-bill capacity, a 65-year warranty, a USA-made construction, and built-in RFID protection. Hell, this thing is even TSA-compliant and made in the USA.

Card Capacity: 1-4
Material(s): Brass, Leather, Steel

Purchase: $35

WP Standard The Picker’s Wallet

Ignoring the guitar pick slot, the WP Standard Picker’s Wallet might still make this list, as it boasts a heritage-level leather construction, tough nylon threads to hold it together, a trio of card pockets and a larger cash slot, and an ID viewing window. Of course, if you are a guitar player, the pick slot is a massive added bonus that will ensure you’re always ready to play at a moment’s notice — and that you won’t mysteriously lose said pick in the depths of your wallet’s cash pocket or by accidentally dropping it when retrieving said wallet.

Card Capacity: 3+
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $38

TGT Wallet

Anyone who claims there isn’t beauty in simplicity hasn’t seen the slim wallets made by TGT. For the most part, these wallets are constructed the same: a lambskin leather pouch with an integrated elastic band. However, they are available in a wide variety of colors and there’s even a Deluxe version that has an additional front pocket for extra cards and/or cash. Better still, each wallet weighs less than an ounce — by a fairly wide margin — and is handmade in the USA. But one of the biggest value propositions therein is that this company offers its wallets in more than 15 different varieties (closer to 30 if you separate the standard and Deluxe options).

Card Capacity: 5-6
Material(s): Lambskin & Elastic

Purchase: $42+

Rogue Industries Front Pocket Wallet

If you’re absolutely dedicated to the idea of getting your hands on a bifold, but you’d like it to be as slim and front pocket-friendly as possible, there’s still an option for you in the Rogue Industries Front Pocket Wallet. What distinguishes this wallet from more traditional bi-folds is two specific things: the design was crafted specifically around the typical shape of pants’ front pockets and it was made as slim as the brand could manage with the materials they had chosen to utilize. Furthermore, if you appreciate semi-exotic materials, these wallets can also be made from either moose or bison leather, which adds to its overall story and value.

Card Capacity: 6
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $45+

Ezra Arthur No. 1 Front Wallet

Ezra Arthur is well-known for its dedication to creating heritage carry goods with as little bulk and waste as possible, which pares perfectly into the brand’s most minimalist cash and card carrier, the No. 1 Front Wallet. Crafted from a single piece of top-grain leather and bound only with stitching (meaning there’s no glue or rubber), this USA-handcrafted slim wallet boasts just a single pocket roomy enough for a few cards and some cash. And that’s all there is to it. For extreme minimalism in a classic package, this wallet is top-notch.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $50

Hitch and Timber Flat Jack Wallet

As you may be increasingly aware, there are actually quite a few slim wallets on the market made from heritage materials and done up in classic colorways and styles. So finding ways to stand out is actually a bit difficult to do, even if the wallet in question is fantastic. Lucky for the Hitch and Timber Flat Jack, it’s both fantastic and stands out. You see, along with its minimalist format, USA-made construction, and top-grain leather material, it also has a simple-yet-extremely-handy brass fastener that doubles as a lanyard attachment point — meaning you can tie some paracord to it for easier in-pocket retrieval, additional styling, and even as an emergency contingency tool.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $50

Bellroy Card Sleeve

Anyone who is a fan of everyday carry should pretty much always have the name Bellroy at the tip of their tongue, as they make some of the absolute best gear ever made (see back up near the top of this article for more proof). Take, for instance, the Card Sleeve you see here. It’s crafted from environmentally-certified premium leather, has two easy-access card slots, features a large central slot with a handy pull tab for easy access, and it can hold as many as eight cards (it can be stretched to fit even more, depending on the card type). If you want a master class on what EDC minimalism should be, you’re looking at it.

Card Capacity: 8
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $55

Koshu Origami Leather Wallet

In true Japanese style, this wallet from Koshu is about as minimalist as you’ll find. Made with just a single piece of leather and a custom brass snap, it folds origami-style into a pocketable pouch with room for 10 folded bills and a stack of some 12 cards. Thanks to its five precise folds and Grade A American leathers, the Koshu wallet is absent of any seams, rivets, or adhesives. In other words — when you’re looking for a wallet that offers everything you need and nothing you don’t — this little origami original has you covered.

Card Capacity: 12
Material(s): Brass, Leather

Purchase: $75

Tanner Goods Journeyman

If you were to take a traditional bifold and pare it down to just a single, front pocket-friendly panel, it might look pretty much exactly like the Tanner Goods Journeyman Cardholder Wallet. This slim cash and card carrier is available in six exceedingly handsome colors, constructed from high-quality tooling leather, has four card slots and a roomy central pocket, and it can fit in your front pocket even when fully loaded with cash and cards.

Card Capacity: 4+
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $75

Dango T01 Tactical EDC Wallet

Dango is another name associated with hard-earned EDC excellence, much like Ridge. And while it’s quite difficult to pick out just which Dango wallet is the best of them, we’re confident in choosing the T01 Tactical Multi-Tool Wallet for a number of reasons. For starters, it looks tough-as-nails and has the construction to back it up — including a leather exterior, aluminum frame, and mil-spec bolts holding the whole thing together. But the real star of the show is definitely the removable single-piece multi-tool — which features 14+ built-in tools. Better still, with or without the multi-tool, users can fit up to 12 cards and cash, and, without the multi-tool, this impressive wallet is entirely TSA-compliant.

Card Capacity: 12
Material(s): Leather & Aluminum

Purchase: $89+

Common Projects Leather Cardholder

If there’s any brand on here most well known for their minimalist aesthetic, it’s almost definitely Common Projects. Known best for their exceptional sneakers, they’ve also made their foray into the world of EDC gear with this minimalist wallet. It has a quartet of external card slots, a central pocket for bills and/or more cards, and it’s embossed — just like their shoes — with a simple, minimalist logo. We weren’t sure it was possible to incorporate both minimalism and eye-catching flash into a single, simple, slim wallet, but Common Projects have proven that it can be done.

Card Capacity: 4+
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $115

Hardgraft Push Card Case

Hardgraft’s elegant design language and dedication to simple, high-quality materials have made their Push Card Case the perfect addition to our list of the best minimalist wallets. Made to hold five cards and some bills, it has a front quick-access pouch for your most-used cards and/or cash alongside a secondary central pocket, which pairs with the dual push slots at the bottom for easier access to whatever’s inside. Of all the minimalist wallets on our list, this is the one that proves there is still room for innovation, even when including a few of the base requirements for a “standard” wallet.

Card Capacity: 5
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $125

Shinola Five Pocket Card Case

When it comes to minimalist and slim wallets, simplicity is key. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style in order to achieve it, as evidenced by the Shinola Five Pocket Card Case you see here. This magnificent cash and card carrier is constructed from premium leather and even features a leather-lined cash pocket, along with four credit card pockets that are lined in luxe faille. But despite the old-school craftsmanship and use of traditional materials, you’re still getting some modern tech via built-in RFID protection.

Card Capacity: 5
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $125

Killspencer Card Holder 2.0

The second iteration of Killspencer’s Cardholder, the 2.0 version improves upon the original in a number of ways. This go-around, it has three storage slots — one on each side for cards and a third central slot for bills and/or more cards — and it was made in the USA from beautiful, premium, full-grain leather that’s been made specifically to show off its natural beauty — which will only get better the more you use it (AKA it will acquire a patina unique to your usage). It’s simple and straightforward, but that’s exactly what we like about it.

Card Capacity: 2+
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $135

Anson Calder Card Wallet

Nearing the end of our list is this high-quality cardholder from Anson Calder. Though it measures a mere 1/8″ thick, its three expansive pockets allow for a comfortable 12-card carrying capacity. Moreover, it sports a set of patented cut-outs on each side of the body, making it quick and easy to fan out your cards for transactions. When you consider that it’s made from a luxurious French calfskin leather — complete with hand-burnished edges and all — the result is a wallet that goes big on detail whilst staying small in form factor.

Card Capacity: 12
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $140

Tanner Goods Universal Zip Wallet

As simple in design as it is robust in build, this zipper wallet from Tanner Goods is a perfect pick for those who are after a catch-all solution to their pocket-filling problems. Crafted right here in the USA from 3oz. Meridian English Bridle leather and fastened with an antique brass Riri Zipper, it’s a setup that should last you for many a year to come. Inside, too, the wallet is wonderfully minimalist, sewn with just two card slots and a single split bill pocket — plenty of organization for oft-carried items. Tanner Goods has long been one of our favorite leather specialists, and this zipper wallet is proof enough of why that is.

Card Capacity: 2+
Material(s): Leather

Purchase: $140

*Additional Contributions by Sean Tirman

The 50 Best Wallets for Men

Though we’ve included a lot of options here, the market is abounding with other quality wallets. If you’re still struggling to find something to your liking, head on over to our (much larger) guide to the best wallets for men.

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