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.
Victorinox Amsterdam Bi-Fold Wallet with Passcase
Best for: Traveling; two-in-one versatility.
If you're going big, make sure you've got a little backup. That's exactly what the Amsterdam provides: major organizational powers in a classic bi-fold, with a removable passcase (featuring two pockets, two card slots). The passcase alone is a light and fast piece that fits comfortably in a front pocket. The bi-fold, with its two billfolds, three pockets, and ten card slots, is ready to take on the bulk alone. Add it all up, and you get the idea.
Itinerant types will love the mobile-office setup, as will old-schoolers who never wander far beyond the city limits. What we all loved was the versatility and sturdy construction. And the soft napa leather, pretty much required in a piece designed to take on so much. But while it has the dimensions to handle a hoarder and become a pickpocket-inviting lump in your back pocket, it also fits nicely in the inside breast pocket of a jacket, especially if you left some slots empty.
If you are traveling, keep cash, ID, and essential cards on you in the passcase. Stash your other documents in the bi-fold and stick it in your carry-on. [$75; swissarmy.com]