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The Best Slim Wallets Have Got Your Back

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From luxe designer grails to low-key leather cardholders.

A collage of a slim black wallet with hundred dollar bills fanning out of it

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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.

The Best Affordable Slim Wallet 

Herschel “Charlie” card case wallet

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.

The Best Slim Bifold Wallet

Bellroy Note Sleeve wallet

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.

The Sweetest Candy-Coated Slim Wallet

Balenciaga Papier mini wallet

$395

Balenciaga

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.

The Ultimate IYKYK Slim Wallet

Goyard Molière wallet

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.

The Ultra-Sleek Wallet Alternative

Nubarko titanium money clip

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.

19 More Slim Wallets We Love

Acne Studios leather card holder

In a world of black and brown leather wallets, this minty green card holder is a fresh change.
$170

Acne Studios

Tom Ford T-Line zebra-print leather cardholder

Gaudy but goody.
$860

Matches Fashion

Bosca Old Leather front pocket wallet

The kind of slick cardholder of a business tycoon.

Filson Smokejumper wallet

Wallet? What wallet?

Kara denim crystal Cobra bike wallet

Upcycled denim shreds? Crystal-studded strap? That’s high-low baby!

Coach Coachies card case

A silly little reminder that money is fleeting and that the best things in life are free.

Sacai X Porter nylon trifold wallet

Think of this as the chain wallet’s trim, lightweight sibling.
$310

End. Clothing

Camiel Fortgens flat wallet

Who said slim wallets had to be minimalist?

Polo Ralph Lauren leather card case

Full grain leather, no frills design, and a clean gold-embossed logo for $65. What more could you want?
$65

Ralph Lauren

Smythson full-grain leather cardholder

Gorgeous pebbled grain leather and exceptional craftsmanship gives this handsome cardholder “dinner’s on me” energy.

Montblanc card case

This sturdy card case from Montblanc is sleek and handsome, like something James Bond would pull out to pay the check after martinis.

The Ridge Wallet

For sure, The Ridge Wallet doesn’t look like other wallets. It’s made out of metal, has a bunch of screws and looks more like a concept wallet from a futurist anime series. That’s sort of the point. Ridge re-engineered a brand new type of wallet that would be slim yet expandable, low profile, but fully featured. It can hold up to 12 cards, features a built-in cash strap and comes with RFID protection. And, because it’s made with military-grade materials and precision engineering, it’s got a lifetime warranty. If you don’t want a slim wallet that’s too precious, can take a beating, and don’t mind the (military) industrial aesthetic, this is for you.

Saint Laurent monogrammed wallet with money clip

This money clip wallet is a sweet hybrid that combines the design and privacy of a bifold with the sleekness of a cardholder. But rather than stuffing your paper notes into a cramped center cavity, the money clip holds all your bills while allowing you to grab them easily.

Comme Des Garçons classic line zip pouch

You really have to decide to want to unzip and re-zip a wallet every time you use it. But if you do decide to add a zip wallet to your everyday carry, you could do much worse than this tasteful Comme Des Garçons wallet, which takes inspiration from vintage bank bags.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather cardholder

Bottega’s famed woven leather technique takes a macro form that’s also a macro flex.

Emmanuele Bicocchi money clip

The Jesus clip to go with your Jesus chain.

Tanner Goods Journeyman card case

Tanner Goods’s Journeyman wallet is made from vegetable-tanned leather that gains a great patina over the years. The superior construction ensures you’ll be able to use it long enough to see that transformation take place.
$85

Tanner Goods

Hermès Bearn card holder

The kind of wallet you expect to find in the back pocket of a famous rapper, hopping out of a matching cream-colored luxury car.

Makr H-weld two wallet

A unique “welding” process and carefully hand-stitched, super-thin leather gives this wallet a svelte profile and a minimalist design.

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