Your wallet...you've gotta have it, but it's not exactly convenient. Or is it? Guys don't wear their father's jeans, so why should they carry their dad's wallet? Try sticking a bulky bifold wallet into your skinny jeans or pants that are a bit more "slim fitting"...it just won't work. We like our jeans to fit well and we need our wallets to make as tiny of a footprint as possible.
Over the last five to six years wallets have gotten slimmer and smaller. They're now designed to be carried in the front pocket (either jeans or shirt) and the contents are minimal. Do you really need to carry your gym membership card, grocery membership card, library card, smoothie rewards card, movie discount card, book store card, seven credit cards, debit card, drivers license and more?? The answer is no… Keep them in the car, or in a drawer at home, and grab what you need when you need it.
We’ve been doing this since 2013. I wanted to compile a list of our favorite wallets (a top ten of sorts)…these wallets are perfect for someone who wears skinny jeans or jeans that fit “well”. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments:
Hands down, this is my favorite wallet we carry. I carry it myself and even got my wife to start carrying one! I will admit, it took about a week or so to get used to it (because it’s so different from a traditional wallet), but once it clicked, it clicked! Ridge has mastered the minimalist wallet movement. Their design is simple – keep your cards as secure as possible, sandwiched between two machined end-plates which are held together with high quality elastic (which is also replaceable). They finish off the end-plates with Aluminum, Titanium, Carbon Fiber (or even Polycarbonate). Basically, there’s a Ridge out there for every personality. There are two different “styles”: Cash Strap and Money Clip. If you carry more than a few bills (2-3), then get the Money Clip. I don’t carry cash, so I went with the Cash Strap. My preference? The Titanium Gunmetal Cash Strap.
Bellroy is an OG when it comes to wallet world. They have “Pioneered” the way (more on that later) for other brands, but Bellroy continues to innovate to stay at the top. First and foremost, they’re quality products. You can rest assure that a purchase from Bellroy will stand the test of time…whichever wallet or bag you choose. Now…back to business. The Micro Sleeve. This is their smallest wallet, but it packs a punch. It’s for the true minimalist. You can realistically fit 6 cards and a couple of bills in the wallet, but not much more. Here’s the deal with leather…it only stretches one way. i.e., you can cram 10 cards into the Micro Sleeve, but do you want to? Eventually it’s going to stretch out so much that you are missing the point all together…and once you stretch, there’s no return. Other than quality, our favorite thing about Bellroy is their ability combine colors. They can make a Gray and a Brown go together like nobody’s business!
3) Pioneer Carry Molecule Card Wallet
We mentioned Pioneer earlier and they’re a new favorite. We love wallets that break the mold with new materials and technologies. That’s just what Pioneer has done. They’re made out of the “Strongest Material on Earth” – 10XD Ripstop! The cool thing about this material is that it won’t age or wear out. It will mold perfecting to your cards, but it won’t stretch out like traditional leathers. Embracing the minimalist movement, the Molecule Card Wallet can fit 4 to 6 cards comfortably. Here are some things we like:
a. Super small – 2.75” x 4.25” and paper thin!
b. Waterproof - i.e. ever wash your wallet?
c. Crazy Strong – based on weight, it’s 10x stronger than steel
d. Aesthetics – They’re modern and trendy looking. Pioneer comes in blue or black with a diamond crisscross pattern. The thick stitching adds an industrial/urban feel.
Tight Wallets have been around since 2012. They were one of the original slim wallets to be featured on Kickstarter. Their first design was a simple elastic band that founder Jack Sutter came up with to replace the rubber band he was currently using. He started experimenting with different colors and it really took off! Jack brought it to Kickstarter with a new redesign and the rest is history. At the time, it was the largest Kickstarter campaigns for a wallet ever…raising over 300k in 45 days. They first came out with the TGT 2.0, which added premium, vegetable-tanned, leather to the elastic band to give the wallet a refined look. Inside the leather was a small pocket for cash, coins, etc… I used it for a while and didn’t really use the pocket…like ever. It was really small and awkward to get to. Once you put something in it, you couldn’t get it out easily. I still loved the wallet, but felt like the pocket wasn’t functional. Little did I know that Jack and his team were working on a revamped version of the 2.0 called The Deluxe. They moved the pocket to the OUTSIDE! Genius…lol…In all seriousness, it was a good move and it made the pocket functional. Cash, receipts, a key…all easy to access now that the pocket is on the outside. The reason this wallet is on this particular list…it’s SO SLIM! The TGT is basically the width of our credit cards. If you carry 8 cards, it feels like 8 cards. 10 feels like 10. If you carry 10 cards in a traditional wallet, you’ll need to go see a chiropractor. Not with the TGT, it fits effortlessly in your front pocket and you hardly notice it. Not unlike the Ridge, it took about a week to get used to it. Not traditional, but you’ll love it!
Hence the name, this wallet is our lightest, slimmest wallet we carry. Measuring 4.2” x 2.75”, this baby weighs .4 ounces. In the wallet world, it’s as close to being weightless as it comes. Flowfold is a cool little company based out of Maine. Their main goal? Innovation. They take everyday (or not so everyday) products and turn in them into wallets, bags and other EDC items. This particular wallet…The Minimalist (appropriately named), is their smallest and lightest of the bunch. It’s made from actual racing sails! How cool is that? They take racing boat sails and turn them into something you can carry your money around in…it absolutely exudes front pocket carry!
6) The Atlas Wallet
This little guy will keep you organized and secure as you travel across the globe, “you world traveler you!” Ok, not all of us are exotic travelers backpacking through Europe, but we still need our wallets to, well, function. The Atlas is a metal wallet with an “accordion” style functionality. It snaps secure and opens again with ease. It can fit 6 cards comfortably, with each having its own pocket to remain organized. You can place two cards in each pocket, but we wouldn’t recommend it. First off, you’re getting away from the rules of “slimming your wallet”. Do you really need all those cards? Remember, you don’t! Second, it will start to stretch and interworking of the Atlas and cause it to wear quicker. *Bonus – one of the cool things we like about this wallet is the ability to keep business cards intact. Whether they are yours to hand out, or ones you receive, the design of the wallet keeps those corners from being bent. (Who wants to hand out a scraggly looking business card?!)
Any best wallet list that features “front pocket” wallets would be incomplete without mentioning Rogue. They are one of the first to embrace front-pocket carry. They’re another little shop based out of Maine. (What’s up with these cool wallet companies coming out Maine?) Anyway, their claim to fame is the patented design which is made to fit perfectly into the front pocket of your pants (or jeans). As you can see from the images, the edges of the wallet are curved to fit snugly next to your leg while remaining secure in your pocket. Rogue is more of a full feature wallet, meaning you can carry cash, cards, etc... and it remains slim in profile. It’s a little bigger than we originally thought, but it works and fits quite well. Another thing we really like about this company is their choice of quality leathers and other materials…from Bison Leather to Ballistic Nylon, Rogue has nailed it!
8) Port Wallets Vintage Tall
What I really like about this wallet is its simplicity. The front looks like the back looks like the front looks like the back…got it? It’s a bit taller than most of our slim wallets, but the design is perfect for carrying a few extra cards (up to 12) and still maintaining that thin profile. It will still fit easily up front. I also like that because of the height of the wallet, you are able to see each card for quick access. With a few of our other wallets, it’s a bit more difficult to get a specific card out quickly. Don’t get me wrong, you get used to it, but it’s definitely easier with this guy. It’s made of genuine leather and almost has a distressed/aged look to it which we liked as well. Overall, it’s a good choice if you want to carry slim, but use 4-6 cards on a fairly regular basis.
We started working with Waskerd back in 2013. They were one of the first companies we contacted about our idea to sell wallets. We both value quality and craftsmanship, which made Waskerd a great fit at The Wallet Shoppe. The Astoria isn’t their smallest wallet (The Strayer is), but it’s my personal favorite. I like it because it allows you to carry both cards and cash without compromising size. I actually carried it for about 18 months and I haven’t had a leather wallet that’s “worn” better than this one. Other have worn well, but not quite as well as Waskerd. Carry a wallet for 6 months and you’ll know what you’re working with. Does the leather develop a nice patina? Does it hold its shape? Quality leather will do both of those things and that’s exactly what Waskerd wallets do. They’re made of 100% full-grain leather (the top rated) and age beautifully.
There’s a reason that Bellroy appears twice on this list. I mentioned before that they’ve paved the way in the slim wallet space…I’d be remiss if the Slim Sleeve didn’t round out our top 10. Made of 100% full-grain vegetable tanned leather, the Slim Sleeve is a full feature wallet that’s been miniaturized. Quality stitching, perfected colors and nifty little pull tab are what keeps this little guy in the top 10. The pull tab is what allows this wallet to carry 6-8 cards easily. We recommend picking the two cards you use the most (debit and credit; license and debit; or license and credit) and putting those two cards in the card pockets. The rest? Stuff them away in the pull tab pocket and enjoy how easy they are to access, but tucked away so as to not “get in the way” of everyday use.