Every man we know feels strongly about his wallet. Some love them and look for an excuse to flaunt them ("Let me get the first round"), while others resent having a hole slowly worn through their jeans and the back pain that comes from perpetually sitting at an angle. The latter sort often don't buy new billfolds because they think that unwieldy hunks of leather are just a fact of life.
Not so much. Wallets should be the helpmate you visit every time you participate in a transaction. They're your wing man, your assistant, your intern. And there are a wide enough variety of styles that there is certainly one out there suited to you. Here are a dozen storage solutions that work, from basic billfolds and credit card wallets to all-in-one solutions that'll also hold your phone and protect you from RFID-wielding identity thieves. You just have to decide which solution will work for you.
Dakine Tucker Phone Wallet
Best for: Carrying around your iPhone, money, and cards, without looking like a nerd.
Pleather is pretty amazing stuff. It may not smell like leather, but the impression is otherwise flawless. And way less pricey than the real deal. For $13.49, the Tucker Bifold is a great value, but it's also a well-designed home for your iPhone and cash.
On the right-hand side is a snug iPhone case with a reinforced back and all the necessary cutouts for cameras, speakers, mics, jacks, and buttons. Opposite you've got a large pocket for bills and lift passes, plus two card slots and a mesh ID window. On the outside is another big pocket, disguised as a two-tone band, where you can stash your debit card for fast access. If you're texting or talking on the phone, you simply flip the cover around. If you're taking photos or video, you can easily do it one-handed without the front flap getting in the way.
When we inevitably dropped the thing, it fell facedown on the floor like an open book, but the thick case protected the screen. This gave us the idea to hold the wallet like an open book, thumb down the middle, and do some light iPhone reading. Turns out we actually preferred it to just holding the phone by itself. [$13.49; dakine.com]