It was only a generation ago that men were burdened with big, overfilled wallets that not only looked unattractive but could potentially malign their spinal cords, so they would end up with severe back problems. Fortunately, those bulky wallets are a thing of the past, and the minimalist wallet has taken its place in the spotlight—providing users with a stylish and discrete place to store their identification, credit cards, and other personal essentials.
However, since these wallets were so easy-to-use and convenient for people to carry, manufacturers rushed to satisfy the consumer demand that was created. And this was both a positive and negative for most people. The positive aspect of it was the fact that there’s a wallet style for just about everyone, and the negative is that it can be hard to find the best ones available among the multitude of wallets now available. Hence, the need for this list of the best minimalist wallets currently available.
10. Travelambo RFID Slim Wallet
Manufactured from high-quality genuine leather, this minimalistic wallet is designed with a very traditional look to it. It comes equipped with an ID window, 10-different card slots and 2-longer slots that are designed to hold cash, tickets and even grocery receipts. This product is also equipped with RFID-blocking technology that helps protect the user’s credit and debit cards from the scanners that some thieves use. Although its cash slots are kind of tight, which makes it more of a travel wallet than an every-day-carry wallet, it does fit quite well in the front pocket, so it can be easily carried anywhere.
9. Urban Tribe Compact Wallet
This wallet is designed to be used by everyone from students to travelers and is made from fine genuine leather that gives it a traditional twist even though it has quite a modern design. This wallet can easily hold up to 7-different cards and keeps the user’s 2-most common cards in a position where they’re easy to retrieve. It also has an ID window which can actually hold two different types of identification at a time. Another key feature found on this wallet is its RFID blocking feature that protects the user’s cards from scammers, hackers and thieves. All of which makes this wallet not only good looking but easy to use.
8. Travelambo Front Pocket Wallet
Anyone who is looking for an ultra compact front pocket wallet may want to check out this wallet. It’s only 0.12-inch thick and is approximately 3.3-inches by 4.1-inches. Although it would seem like this wallet’s size would be too small to hold anything, in reality, this wallet can hold a number of different things easily. It can hold up to 6 different cards and a driver’s license as well. Another key feature that is built into this wallet is an RFID blocking feature that’s been tested by independent lab test and have been shown to protect the user’s cards from card scanners up to 13.56 MHz.
7. VBAX Slim Bifold
This slim bifold is not only designed to be slimmer than leather wallets but is also designed to be more durable. It’s made from a microfiber material that not only holds up to everyday use quite well but is also lightweight and soft, too. This wallet is also equipped with RFID blocking technology to protect the user’s cards against thieves. However, the best part about this wallet is that it has just enough slots to hold what the user needs to carry. This wallet has a front pocket that can hold cash or receipts, has two inside card slots and has a slot for holding the user’s ID.
6. Fidelo Carbon Fiber Wallet
If there’s one thing that needs to be said about this wallet, it’s the fact that this wallet is very unique. It’s manufactured using carbon-fiber, a material that is not only lighter than aluminum but is also more durable than steel. And unlike metal wallets, this carbon fiber wallet isn’t bulky or hard to keep in one’s pocket. This product also has an elastic money clip band, for keeping cash corralled, and it has slots that can hold several different cards at one time. And since this wallet is stylish, it’s not only suitable for everyday use, but it’s also good to give away as a gift for Father’s Day or Christmas.
5. NapaWalli Genuine Leather Wallet
Although this wallet has a texture that looks very much like carbon fiber, it’s actually manufactured using genuine leather. It’s unique look isn’t the best thing to mention about this product. What’s really impressive are some of the design features which are built right into this wallet. For example, it has a built-in RFID blocking feature and can block scanners up to 13.56 MHz. Other great features that can be found on this product include 2 large slots for holding cash, an ID holder and 3 slots for holding credit and debit cards. And since it’s made with rare-Earth magnets, it can also tightly hold up to 30 bills at a time.
4. Bryker Hyde Leather Minimalist Wallet
This leather minimalist wallet is not only small but is also extremely thin as well. Even though its slim, however, doesn’t mean that it can’t hold a variety of everyday items because it can. This wallet can hold up to 9 cards and has a built-in money clip so that it can hold dollar bills as well. Another feature which can be found on this wallet is an RFID blocking technology which prevents the user’s card information from falling into hacker’s hands. It also has quick-draw capabilities, which means that it has outer card slots and ID slots that can be accessed quickly and easily when needed.
3. Herschel Supply Co. Men’s Wallet
Although this men’s wallet isn’t fancy, it is quite stylish and does have a number of features which makes it an excellent wallet for carrying everyday items. It’s made from 100% polyester, so it’s not only durable but is also easy to hand wash when it’s dirty. It also means that it’s fairly weather resistant and should provide the user with years of service. This wallet is also equipped with an RFID blocking layer that helps to protect the cards in the wallet from thieves. This product has a very stylish striped design that fits in with just about anyone’s style and has a red and white striped tab.
2. Buffway Unisex Wallet
With a stylish look that’s suitable for both men and women, this unisex wallet is ready to be carried in either a pocket or a handbag. It’s has a slim design that’s only 3-1/8-inches by 4-7/16-inches by 1/8-inch thick and has an RFID feature that helps to protect the cards within it. Speaking of cards, this wallet is capable of holding up to 8 different cards at a time. It has 4 slots for holding credit, debit and bank cards. It also has an ID pocket and 2 side-slip pockets that can be used for holding membership or business cards. And finally, it has 1 middle pocket that can be used to hold cash, receipts or coupons.
1. Serman Brands Thin Wallet
Available in one of six different designer colors, including California Desert, Texas Brown, Chocolate, Jet Black, Mahogany and Charcoal Black, this wallet is probably one of the more stylish wallets currently available. However, it’s real beauty comes from its useful features which make it a useful tool for holding debit and credit cards, cash and ID cards. This product has a money clip at its center which can be used to keep cash readily available, and it can also hold approximately 6-cards. And at the bottom of its exterior card pouch is an opening that will fit the user’s thumb and allow them to push up their card quite easily.
Choosing a Minimalist Wallet
Although minimalist wallets are all the rage, most people still don’t understand what characterizes one of these wallets and what they should look for. Unfortunately, the first part is kind of hard to pin down because it seems like lately many manufacturers have been using the term as a catch-all term in which to throw slim bifold wallets, passport carriers and every other kind of small wallet into. However, in our opinion, there is a clear definition of these kinds of wallets. According to our definition, a minimalist wallet is a wallet that can hold under 9-cards and about 20 paper bills, and may or may not have an ID window. That is our true definition of a minimalist wallet.
Now, all that needs to be discussed is what a person needs to look for in one of these wallets. Although the definition of a minimalist wallet is straightforward, the exact features a person needs the wallet to have can vary from person to person. For example, some people may need a wallet that only holds 6-cards, but some people may need it to hold 9 cards. Some people may need an identification window, while other people may be happier without one. Regardless of these minor differences, there are a few features of these wallets that people may need to consider, and we’ve listed the important considerations below for our reader’s convenience. Let’s have ourselves a look, shall we?
How the wallet is constructed is probably one of the first things anyone is going to want to think about when considering a wallet. Some people like the feel of natural leather, and when choosing a wallet with this material, people have a lot of choices to choose from: there’s horse leather, full grain cow leather, and cowhide. These materials tend to be soft, smooth, and extremely durable. And they also tend to look very traditional and stylish. However, they’re not without their fair share of problems. For example, this material tends to not be water-resistant and tend to be just a little bit thicker than minimalist wallets made with other materials.
Polyester is also another material that’s commonly used in these types of wallets. This material is made from artificial fibers and is often a good replacement for leather minimalist wallets. It’s scratch resistant and very durable, and can be found in a variety of exciting colors—more of a variety than any leather wallet could offer. However, as with other types of materials used for making wallets, this material has its downsides as well. It’s not an eco-friendly material and can take anywhere from 400 to 600-years to biodegrade. It also lacks the formality that can be found with a leather wallet.
- Soft & Smooth
- Biodegrades in 50-Years
- Not water-resistant
- Maybe thicker than other wallets
- A wide array of colors are available
- Usually water-resistant
- Takes hundreds of years to biodegrade
- Lacks formality
Pocket or Money Clip
Generally speaking, minimalist wallets either have a pocket for stashing cash or have a money clip on its outside which can hold paper bills. It’s really up to the user which method they prefer, but it’s important to make sure that if the wallet uses a money clip that it’s tight and holds the bills securely, so they don’t fall out every time you retrieve your wallet. It should also be kept in mind that no matter which method your wallet uses to hold cash, it’s probably only going to be able to hold 20 or fewer paper bills. If it holds more than that, then it’s probably a small wallet and not a minimalist one.
Whether the wallet has an identification window or not is another personal choice that the consumer has to consider before buying their wallet. Some people like an ID window to make it easier to present their identification when they’re pulled over for a traffic stop, or when they’re buying an age-restricted product. Other people prefer a pocket that can hold the ID securely to an ID window. As is the case with most wallet features, the choice is really up to the user to decide for themselves. Although it needs to be said that we find most ID windows don’t hold most identification cards very well. However, that’s probably due to the fact that these wallets are expected to carry a wide variety of different identification types, and these ID types vary from place to place.
RFID protection is designed to protect the wallet carrier’s credit or debit cards from thieves who use RFID scanning devices to lift that vital personal and financial information off of those cards. And a lot of television shows from all over the world have hyped up the fact that thieves can easily lift credit cards from only a few feet away by using an RFID scanner.
However, while that may have been true at one time, most credit card and bank cards nowadays have built-in mechanisms which make them resistant to this type of theft, so it’s fairly unlikely that a person will actually need a wallet equipped with RFID protection. And even if they did lift the financial information, the victim is most likely protected by the credit card company’s insurance program. On the other hand, if this feature makes you feel safer, then there’s nothing wrong with adding another layer of protection for your personal and financial information.
Wallet Color & Style
The final thing worth considering is the wallet’s color. Although people who choose leather wallets are limited in the number of colors and patterns they have to choose from, consumers who choose a polyester or carbon fiber wallet have a wide variety of brilliant colors and patterns to choose from. These wallets come in a variety of colors including red, green, blue, pink, white, black, teal, etc. All the user has to do is find one that suits their style and fashion sense.