The 10 Best Slim Wallets That’ll Last the Long Haul

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Earlier this year, in a mad dash to the corner store, my wallet, the one I’d carried with me for over a decade, went kaput. It was already on its last legs, and when I took it out of my pocket, it fell apart. It was a slim wallet in forest green that I probably should have replaced earlier, but I’m prone to beating up my accessories.

When I went home, I reached for another wallet that I received as a gift a few months prior. It was black padded wallet with a slew of compartments from Chanel. At the time, I wasn’t really leaving my house, so the large frame and girth worked. It stored all my essentials neatly, and I had no problems with it. All that changed when I had to leave my house regularly. I had places to go and people to see, and though my new wallet was effective in carrying a bunch of stuff, it was just too large to fit into my pockets.

Thankfully, after connecting a friend with someone that landed him his dream gig a week earlier, I received a thank you present: a slim bifold wallet made of yellow and brown Elaphe snakeskin from Byredo. The size fit nicely into both my front and back pockets, and the four card slots carried everything I needed. I also loved the texture and bold color; it fit my personality like a dream. What’s more, it’s deceptively durable, which is pretty much my top requirement.

Undoubtedly, this is the best slim wallet for me. But this doesn’t mean that it is the best for you. You could be a minimalist who favors a sharp flip card wallet, a devout fashion follower that likes a vibrant cardholder, or a budget-conscious fella that prefers a card sleeve wallet. There are plenty of options out there; all you have to do is find the perfect one that speaks to your personality and can fit into your pockets without any fuss. And to help, we rounded up 10 stellar slim options, all of them different but all of them primed to last you over a decade.

Best Affordable Slim Wallet

No. 2 Leather Card Sleeve Wallet

If you’re the kind of guy that doesn’t need a whole host of slots, Ezra Arthur is the name to know. The brand has slim wallet, called the No.2, that has two compartments that’ll hold a stack of cards, dollar bills, or whatever else you need to go about your day.

Size: 3.7″ x 2.5″
Material:
Leather
Storage capacity:
Two slots

Best Slim RFID Wallet

Charlie RFID Card Case

Herschel Supply Co.’s time-tested travel bags are affordable and durable. The same could be said of the brand’s Charlie wallet, a compact card holder made of sturdy polyester with four slots that’ll hold the basics. All this, and the wallet is equipped with RFID-blocking protection. Which means you won’t have to worry about someone stealing your identity as you’re traveling, preferably with one of the brand’s duffles.

Size: 4.1″ x 3″
Material:
Polyester
Storage capacity:
Four card slots and a center slot

Most Durable Slim Wallet

Standard Front Pocket Wallet

When it comes to sturdy workwear, Carhartt always delivers. This sentiment also extends to its accessories, especially this wallet made of Cordura, a tech fiber that’s heavy-duty and water-repellant. It’ll safeguard your ID, cards, and a few dollars bills. What’s more, it’s designed to fit in your front pocket and features a handy D-ring for added security.

Size: 4.53″ x 3.15″
Material:
Cordura nylon
Storage capacity:
Six credit card slots and an ID window

Most Elegant Slim Wallet

Card Holder

This elegant two-tone card holder comes by way of Il Bussetto, an Italian label that uses a Tuscan technique that molds leather on wooden structure, resulting in a durable silhouette that’s devoid of seams. Like I said, elegant!

Size: 3.9″ x 2.8″
Material:
Leather
Storage capacity:
Three card slots and one center slot

Best Slim Bifold Wallet

Thin Bifold Wallet

Leatherology’s ethos is based entirely on simplicity. The brand offers styles that are devoid of flash and gimmicks, instead focusing on sleek quality designs. Case in point: the brand’s bifold wallet is made of soft full-grain leather and features fabric lining. Some may call it ho-hum, but it does its job effectively. And if you want something to distinguish your wallet, Leatherology does offer a personalized monogram up to four characters.

Size: 3.4″ x 4.15″
Material:
Leather
Storage capacity:
Six card slots and two interior pockets

Best Slim High-Tech Wallet

Parliament Slim Leather Wallet

The point of technology is to improve a given situation. This is exactly what Ekster offers with its Parliament, a wallet that ejects cards (up to 10) according to preference with use of a push button. And if you’re prone to losing things, there’s also a tracking card (sold separately) that you can sync to your phone; it’ll emit a ring and display a map of where you last left it.

Size: 4.8″ x 2.9″
Material:
Leather
Storage capacity:
10 card slots

Sleekest Slim Wallet

Flip Card Wallet

Troubadour’s styles are sleek and seriously well-built. From backpacks to totes to duffles, you can always expect sharp, clean lines from the label. Prime example: this flip card wallet that’s made of vegetable-tanned Italian leather and comes in seven colorways. But seeing how Troubadour is the preferred brand for style-savvy minimalists, classic black is the best bet.

Size: 4″ x 3″
Material:
Leather
Storage capacity:
Three inside pockets and one external slot

Best Slim High-Fashion Wallet

Credit Card Holder

Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weave in kelly green—two of the brand’s signatures, one old and the other relatively new. This card holder perfectly reflects the history of a brand that fashion devotees just can’t seem to get enough of.

Size: 3.1″ x 4.1″
Material:
Lambskin and calfskin
Storage capacity:
Six card slots and one middle pocket

Best Colorful Slim Wallet

Card Holder

It’s all in there in the intro—except this one is in bold red!

Size: 3.9″ x 2.7″
Material:
Elaphe snakeskin
Storage capacity:
Four card slots

Best Slim Luxury Wallet

Alligator Card Case

Tuxedos, sparkling wine, crystal chandeliers, and a couple of Rolls-Royces in the garage: this is what characterizes the universe of Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label. And in this glittering existence, the only acceptable wallet is a slim one made of shiny alligator. Because all you need to carry is your American Express Black Card, ID, and pass to the most exclusive clubs in the world.

Size: 3″ x 4.25″
Material:
Alligator
Storage capacity:
Three card slots

Barry Samaha is the style commerce editor at Esquire, where he covers all things fashion and grooming.

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