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.
Herschel Supply Co. Charlie Wallet
Best for: Coins, cash, and just a few cards. Ideal for minimalists.
The Charlie is for the minimalist who can't quite bring himself to leave the cards behind. This handsomely embossed full-grain leather case features three outer card slots (one with an easy-access thumb cutout) and a roomy center pocket. Each is fully lined with a coated cotton-polyester fabric in red and white stripes. It looks like a candy cane in there. It's a nice touch. The leather looks great and is designed to take on a nice patina, but the colors and contrast in the pockets brighten things up.
What's really surprising, though, is just how much stuff you can cram into the Charlie and still feel as though you're not carrying much. The pinch-open design of the center pocket lets you keep some silver in there, as long as you've got a bill or two to stash on top. And even with the interior full of cash, you can still fit two or three cards into each of the three slots. It's a big haul for something that's technically not even a wallet. [$30; herschelsupply.com]