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Best Men's Wallets to Suit Every Budget
Your wallet says way more about you than where you bank, so invest wisely. Here’s our edit of the sleekest, most stylish men’s wallets for every type of spender
For something that gets used almost every day of a man's life, a wallet is very rarely a considered purchase. Whereas female friends will pick their next purse months in advance and save accordingly, most men have either a battered wallet that was given to them as a gift years ago or will have a new one that they had to impulse purchase when the aforementioned model fell apart. Rarely is it a considered purchase and therefore rarely is it truly fit for purpose.
But what's the use in taking a lot of time picking out the right trousers if you're not going to take the same time and consideration over the far-more-used accessory in your back pocket?
Gentlemen, it's time to evolve – and time to find a wallet that suits your spending needs. There are four main tribes in the wallet world and each has very specific demands for its currency carrier depending on how you like to settle the bill, plus one newcomer. Take a look at our breakdown of these tribes below and have a browse of some of the best wallets for each.
1. The cash-free convert
Whether you want to future-proof your wallet for the cashless economy or simply don’t want to ruin the line of your suit jacket, a cardholder is the obvious choice for a man who solely carries plastic.
2. The ATM junkie
The billfold, as Americans call it, is perhaps the most classic option and spot-on for a man who still likes a bank note or two with him just in case (or simply likes to pay for things in stacks of paper bills, which we can appreciate). You've got two main options here: a traditional billfold with a pouch for slipping notes into or a more modern interpretation with a clip in the centre. Either way, it'll keep those fifties crisp for their next night out.
3. The change carrier
Maybe you always need coins for the car park, maybe you're always worried you won't have change for tipping. If you are committed to coinage and don't want to jangle down the street with them in your pocket, you need something with a coin fitted as standard. Right now, the sleekest of these are zipped on the sides to stop anything spilling out, but if you want something a little different, there's a new generation of leather coin purses right now that can be clipped to your belt loop using a chain.
4. The traveller
If you're the kind of man whose other car is a plane, you need a wallet that does double duty. A travel wallet is the polar opposite of a cardholder, combining a cardholder, multiple cash sleeves and a section for your boarding pass (if you're still addicted to paper). If you want to slip it into your inside pocket, we would suggest one of the more slimline versions. If you have a bag with you (or prefer to carry it in-hand so you have all your documents at a moment's notice), go for a zipped one so nothing accidentally tumbles out at check-in.
5. The show-off
Recent seasons have seen the wallet on a rope emerge as a standout accessory for brands from Jacquemus to Dolce & Gabbana. Wear them over your neck or attach them to a belt loop on your jeans and your wallet becomes more than just a functional means to carry your cards, but a statement to elevate your outfits. Just be careful where you wear it – it’s a great look, but you are effectively asking to be mugged.
See below for GQ’s pick of the best wallets for men...
Whether it’s weekend bags or wallets, you really can’t go wrong with Bennett Winch. Every piece is handmade in England to an excellent spec, for investments that last lifetimes. Crafted from fine Tuscan leather, with the brand’s logo embossed in the centre, this cardholder is an absolutely timeless accessory befitting of only the most discerning gents. £125. bennettwinch.com
Comme Des Garçons
The corner-zip wallet from Comme Des Garçons is an icon in itself within the label’s avant-garde range. It’s been done in every colourway imaginable, from reflective metallics to bright neon hues, but this bold, logo-embellished take is a flex that’s well worth making. £115. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
What this wallet lacks in designer logo branding it more than makes up for in its butter-soft leather and relative affordability. Slick and simple, it boasts a total of four card slots for the bare essentials and comes in a colour so bright that you’re guaranteed not to misplace it. £12.50. cosstores.com
Saint Laurent’s large leather wallets are hardly the most silhouette friendly, but then why would you want to keep such a masterful accessory hidden away in a trouser pocket? Oozing Parisian elegance, this wallet is built from buffed calfskin with an outer logo stamp that carries an unparalleled ability to make something look expensive. £280. At ssense.com
Some of Vivienne Westwood’s best work is its loudest designs, but there are simple pieces that shout just as loud in our eyes. The label’s Kent cardholder is one such piece, made here from a bottle-green crosshatched calfskin and elevated by that iconic polished-silver orb. £80. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
A label for whom refined elegance, especially regarding its leather bags and accessories, comes oh-so naturally, Dunhill’s Cadogan cardholder is a classic. The full-grain leather feels luxurious and expensive, while six card slots and a cash-friendly central compartment should really be more than enough for day-to-day spending habits. £121.50. At mrporter.com
Forget your standard billfold, this Arket wallet harnesses the power of three, folding out to reveal two credit card-sized slots and two more for notes. The design may be simple in a barely branded, versatile black leather, but the triple-fold gives it that little something extra – think Miami Vice police badge reveal. £35. arket.com
There’s a lot to love about this colourful Paul Smith wallet. The envelope shape isn’t only chic, but it also folds open to reveal a Tardis-like interior, encompassing a coin pocket and plenty of room to stack credit cards. We think many a brand will be replicating this shape in seasons to come. £150. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
Prada’s signature Saffiano leather could make literally anything look good. Used here to best effect on a wallet that incorporates a gold-toned money clip running up its central fold, it makes for an accessory you’ll want to whip out and shout to the entire bar that the next round is on you. £325. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
Putting to good use all those most easily recognised motifs from the Gucci archive – from the red and green webbing to the double-G gold-toned hardware – this cardholder is a celebration of the Italian fashion house in all its glory, as well as being an accessory that’ll have many an eyebrow raised as you lay it on the table. £175. At mrporter.com
There’s minimalism and then there’s Acne Studio’s minimalism. The Stockholm brand really does have the authority on that signature Scandi aesthetic that is so highly coveted by those most stylish figures. The simplicity of this fold-over cardholder is really what makes it and the four card slots inside are all you’ll need to put those minimalist sensibilities into practice. £130. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
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