Slim wallets with creatively designed slots cut down on back pocket bulk. More than just unattractive weight, misshapen wallets can cause discomfort. “Wallets are often overlooked as a very basic accessory item, and in the long run, a badly engineered wallet can even be the culprit of back problems for the user,” says Jerry Lee, Founder of Story Leather. “When a wallet is designed to last, is handcrafted from the best leather available in the country, has a great visual appeal, and has easy access that fits all your cards and cash with a minimalist design, you know you have a winner.”
Some current wallet trends include the classic bifold, the smartphone wallet, and front pocket wallets, which are aimed at moving men away from the habitual back pocket motion. Lee is an advocate of using the smartphone wallet, where today’s devices are just as important as credit cards and IDs. “Everyone is looking to travel light and consolidate the storage and carrying of money and cards with their smartphone,” Lee says. “A phone wallet seems like a no-brainer and offers ample protection for your tech at the same time.”
For men who worry about security, wallets can also offer protection against stolen identities. “Technology has gone a long way, and wallets are not the exception,” says Thomas Brierton, owner of Bryer. “A well-designed, technologically advanced wallet will protect your credit cards from being cloned on the street by including an RFID blocking material, something we do upon request.”
Here are 12 wallets that are stylish, practical, and built to last.