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.
Best for: Keeping your cards safe from identity thieves.
This is not your father's wallet – unless your dad is Robocop. Virtually any permutation of the pant stash you can imagine is available from this company, every single one using a woven stainless-steel fabric that's extremely tough yet surprisingly flexible. The entire Stewart/Stand line has a futuristic look and feel, but the steel isn't just for show. The material is also perfect for RFID-blocking, meaning you won't have to worry about identity thieves.
Innovative designs abound, but our favorite is the refreshingly simple, smart, and affordable V-Pouch. Essentially, it's a pocket for your pocket and its vertical orientation makes it work easily with even the tightest pair of jeans. You can run the V-Pouch slim, with a few cards and some cash, or stuff it to almost an inch thick, with a mini-Moleskine, a bunch of cards, and a hundred bucks in twenties. Don't worry about overstuffing. The side gussets are woven out of silver ballistic nylon. And note the V-neck: It gives easy access to folded cash or allows a debit-card quick-draw with a slide of the thumb. [$20.50; stewartstand.com]