The hunt for a new men’s leather wallet is a deeply personal one. You’re entering into a long-term relationship. Which means the best wallet for you is one that fits into your lifestyle, but is also something you can love. Are you front pocket or back? Carry-it-all or just cards, ID, and cash? And then you have to decide, are you staying classic with a brown or black leather wallet, or looking to flex?
Listen, a new wallet is an opportunity you should seize. It’s the chance to catch the eye of everyone in the coffee shop with an anything-but-boring leather cardholder. It’s the chance to part ways with that clunky tri-fold you’ve been cramming with credit cards, coupons, and a ticket stub you saved from a 2003 Outkast concert. It’s the chance to solve problems that have been plaguing you for years. Which is to say: yes, we’ve found a stylish leather wallet with a coin pocket for storing all that extra change jangling around the bottom of your tote bag—one that doesn’t look like the velcro wallet of your childhood (or worse, your adulthood).
The dizzying amount of men’s wallets on the market today can be a minefield to navigate. So we sifted through hundreds to find 17 of the best men’s leather wallets to buy right now. In particular, we looked for brands that make truly top-notch leather products, some of which have decades (even centuries) of experience crafting masterpieces out of cowhide. Because if you’re going to get your pocket a new soulmate, the love should last.
The Classic Pick
It’s impossible to talk men’s leather wallets without talking Tumi. The brand’s sleek, no-B.S. approach to design has made it a stalwart of the accessories scene and its deep selection of leather wallets exemplifies what the brand does best: approachable, always-dependable goods, long-lasting luxury. This one comes with the added bonus of an exterior money clip to help you keep track of small bills you’ve accrued from a lifetime of resisting the cashless wave.
The Leather Fiend Pick
Since the late 1800s, leather lovers have flocked to Guidi in droves to stock up on the Tuscan brand’s meticulously-crafted goods. Over the centuries (plural), the cult label has developed a hard-earned reputation for turning out leather products with impeccably craftsmanship. This vegetable-tanned horse skin men’s wallet might look like something a medieval monk would collect tithes in, but it’ll serve you well stashing the small accoutrements of modern-day life.
The Royally Good Pick
William & Son was only founded in 1999, but already it has a royal warrant, which means it provides goods to England’s royal family. Which makes sense: The operation’s streamlined cardholder, made in the U.K. and reinforced with silver-tone edges for extra polish, is the type of wallet that’ll make you feel like a king every time you whip it out. Even if—especially if—you’re just grabbing a king-size Snickers at the drugstore.
The Designer Pick
Designer Daniel Lee has reinvented Bottega Veneta as a fashion industry source of freshness, but the designer wisely held onto the brand’s signature intrecciato weave. Handwoven strips of nappa leather crisscross the front of the wallet, adding textural interest to a super-functional accessory that already includes six (count ’em!) card slots. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the colors available here—might as well have some fun.
The Vegan-Friendly Pick
So you see the appeal of a leather wallet, but you’re morally uneasy with what it takes to make ’em possible? Understandable. This faux-leather bifold from Corkor is a handsome, perfectly pockmarked take with a handy fold-out ID window inside. It’s made in Portugal using cork leather, which is surprisingly soft and long-lasting—and available in black or brown if the wine stopper look isn’t your vibe.