The Best Slim Wallets Have Got Your Back
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Everything is getting smaller, more streamlined, transmogrified into a digital space. And you’re walking around with a fat bulky wallet? Really??? Slim wallets for men are gonna save space in your pockets—not to mention save your back from structural collapse. They’re as much an exercise in EDC efficiency as an investment in your personal health, but remember: they’re also part of your outfit. Sure, you may have totally abandoned all forms of physical payments, but cash is still king and you still have to keep an ID on your person. So for the occasions that require you to pull out your wallet in public view, the most stylish of the bunch will keep your pristine sartorial rep intact. That’s why we’ve scoped out the unknowable depths of the Internet to bring you the best men’s slim wallets we could find. From classy leather card holders to minimalist money clips to secure RFID wallets and all the swaggy wallets in-between, here’s every GQ-approved slim wallet to buy right now.
Herschel’s “Charlie” wallet hits all the right notes. It has four slots for the essential cards and a center slot for a few bills, so it’s slim enough to stash in your front pocket. The polyester fabric comes in a handful of colors and is lightweight, durable, and is equipped with RFID-blocking protection (it’s also vegan!). Its low profile makes it great as a front pocket wallet, and it can obviously slip into your back pocket with no issue. It also costs less than $25. For wallet minimalists, this is a no brainer.
Slimming down your wallet doesn’t necessarily mean having to leave a bunch of cards behind. You can still have a fully-loaded wallet that won’t weigh you down or send you to the chiropractor. Bellroy’s note sleeve wallet proves it. We’re not sure how they packed so many features and storage into such a slim bifold wallet, but they did. It’s got 3 quick-access card slots for your most used cards, a compartment for your least used cards (which is still easy to access thanks to the convenient pull tab), a slot for your bills, and even a coin/business card holder. Combine that with the beautiful high-quality leather fabrication and you’ve got a perfect wallet.
In a sea of somber black and brown leather wallets, a brightly colored wallet’s an easy way to stand out. Balenciaga’s Papier mini wallet comes in a heap of great colorways, so your wallet doesn’t have to play second fiddle to the rest of your outfit. But don’t let all those drippy colors fake you out—they’re made of real deal high-quality calfskin that’s both solid and supple. It includes an outer coin pocket, three discreet card pockets (how many more do you really need?) and a compartment for your bills. There aren’t many trifold wallets that eek out a “slim wallet” stamp, but this one certainly does.
Goyard’s grail-level luggage and accessories predate those of even the great Louis Vuitton. The French brand’s ‘Goyardine’ print—a tessellated interpretation of the Goyard name—is instantly recognizable and made from the brand’s signature coated linen-cotton canvas. Despite its fame within the industry, Goyard keeps a low, very exclusive profile. There are no ads, no e-commerce. The brand does have a website, but don’t expect to be able to buy their goods online, let alone see any prices. Want to cop the world’s fanciest card holder? You’ve got to visit one of the brand’s physical stores—with plenty in the bank.
Among the minimalist wallets on the market, the money clip is the most reductionist. This titanium money clip is the natural evolution of the rubber band wallet and it’ll last you a lot longer. If all you need is something to keep your cards and a few bills bound together in an orderly fashion, with the least amount of material possible, this money clip is the answer.