When it comes to briefcases, real high-quality often means a bit of an investment. Sure – there are some great deals. But for a decent leather one, be prepared to drop well over $100. And if you want a full-grain leather offering, be ready to pay more like $500. Even quality canvas ones can cost a few hundred bucks.But – if you’re in the market for a decent briefcase that’s ready to last a few good years but won’t cost an arm and a leg…we’ve selected a few choices for affordable briefcases.

May be a good time to treat yourself for the journey.

Polare 17” Full-Grain Leather Backpack

Full-grain leather? At this price? Turns out it is possible…the Polare 17” Leather Messenger Bag is made from a top-quality full-grain leather and strikes the perfect balance of classy and casual. It’ll fit most large laptops and has tons of pockets and storage for everything else you could need for the day. The hardware is “anti-oxidation” coated and supposedly 3 times thicker than the average cheap leather bag. It’s even got reinforced stitching on stress points.

It’s made in China, so it won’t provide the same quality craftmanship or durability of many higher-end bags. But for the price? It’s tough to find full-grain leather…and it has the positive reviews you’re looking for on Amazon.

Augus Genuine Leather Briefcase

Augus’ leather briefcase is made from genuine leather, not the full-grain stuff we’re really looking for. But even for the price, it’s still a fantastic deal, with reinforced stitching, a magnetic buckle, and padded shoulder strap that make carrying and wearing super easy. It even has an Anti-Theft lock that’s supposed to be waterproof. Augus backs it up with a 100% money-back guarantee…just in case. If budget is the primary concern in your search for affordable briefcases, you can’t really go wrong with this classically-styled accessory (that bears quite a resemblance to Saddleback Leather’s most popular offering…)