Wallets are one of those everyday items that most of us never give much though too – and you’re probably carrying around the cheapest pleather wallet you can find who knows how long ago. Thankfully, you won’t have to; we’ve done all the thinking for you, and compiled a guide of the 10 best EDC wallets for this summer.
What’s there to think about? As long as it holds your money, ID and a couple of cards, who cares, right?
Well, sort of. While we believe a good wallet should be as slim and minimalist as possible – we don’t necessarily feel it needs to be an afterthought (as it often is when you choose the cheapest, fake leather bi-fold lying around).
A good wallet be will be slim and low-profile enough to fit in any of your pockets – whether front, back or suit jacket. Stuffing a huge, bulky wallet into your front pocket looks ridiculous, as it bulges out. Sticking it into your back pocket, and sitting on it for hours a day, can lead to chronic back pain. Do yourself a favor and get a nice slim one that won’t cause any problems.
Next, take a look at how much you need to carry. It may come as a surprise to you, but you likely need to carry a lot less than you think you do, and a slim wallet with space for several cards (6-8) and some cash is probably more than enough. Many on this list hold up to 12, which is great – but the more you carry, the more bulky the wallet will be.
The Spine Wallet is made from grade 5 titanium, and is lightweight, corrosion resistant – and totally tough. It’s not much thicker than a credit card, and has a strong elastic band that keeps your cash and cards tight and secure. There’s also a bottle opener built right in, so you can have a drink anywhere you might go. It slim enough to fit conveniently in your front pocket.
We’ve covered the Ridge Wallet before, and it’s one of our favorite designs for an EDC wallet. It’s RFID-blocking, made from titanium, and designed to fit right in your front pocket. And what’s cool about the Ridge Wallet is that it is expandable; slide up to 12 cards into the slot, it will expand while remaining tight and secure. It comes apart with a T5 screwdriver for cleaning and customizing. You can choose between a cash strap, a money clip, and two different colors.
The Super Slim Wallet 2, by Supr Good, is aptly named – it’s just a very thin alternative to a regular wallet. It has a leather exterior, with a soft microfiber interior and a herringbone-patterned elastic band to keep things snug inside. You can choose from grey, black, and saddle tan. If you’re looking for a simple, slim alternative to a classic wallet, the Super Slim Wallet is a fantastic, easy choice.
This might be the simplest leather wallet we’ve ever seen. The Saddleback Wallet Sleeve is made from full-grain leather, and comes with Saddleback’s 100-year warranty. Of course, as it is nothing but a single piece of leather stitched into a sleeve – nothing should ever happen to it. It can hold up to 12 cards and some folded cash, while sliding right into your front pocket or jacket. There is a thumb cutout for easy access to your stuff.
Similar to the Saddleback Card Sleeve above, the Daka is an exceptionally minimal and easy to use sleeve – but in this case, made from reinforced polymer fabric with an anti-slip texture. It can carry 1-3 cards, and some folded bills – and that’s about it. It’s one of the simplest wallets you can get your hands on, and goes well with both tactical, travel and EDC kits.
The Crosshatch Aluminum Wallet by Sapling is machined from a single piece of 6061, aircraft-grade aluminum, with a sleek modern aesthetic and rounded corners to avoid damaging your clothes. It can hold up to 8 cards, as well as cash with the included elastic strap. The wallet is Made in the USA, and anodized for a smooth black finish.
The Ti5 Wallet is made from grade 5 titanium, which is entirely corrosion-resistant, with RFID protection and a nice, easy-access thumb slot that doubles as a bottle opener. It can hold up to 7 cards, with an elastic strap that keeps your cards and cash safe and secure. The Ti5 is also one of the coolest looking wallets, with it’s titanium finish and rounded corners for smooth handling.
Sewn from 100% full-grain Spanish cowhide, the Taylor Stitch Minimalist Wallet has a very slim profile, with four external card slots and 1 interior cash slot – accessible from the side. It has a hidden card slot liner to help make it as slim as possible. The Taylor Stitch is made in Spain, and with its very refined, classy look – goes well with any outfit, including suits and work clothes.
The Dango Wallet is a military-inspired half-wallet, half-multitool, Made from 6061 aerospace grade CNC’d aluminum with top-grain leather bolted on. It weighs about 2 oz, and is slim and compact to fit in both your front or back pocket. It can hold up to 12 cards at once, and is RFID-blocking.
Sliding out of the back of the Dango Wallet is a multi-tool, that contains 10 different functions, such a saw, paracord tensioner, and ruler, among others. If you’re looking for an all-in-one, versatile and still minimal piece, this is the one.
Rounding off our list is the EDC Card Carry wallet from Hitch and Timber, a classy and somewhat different wallet. With its rich brown finish and chunky stitching, it manages to look both rugged and refined. It is made right at home in the USA, as well. It’s got a large main pouch that holds up to 6 cards comfortably, a pouch for a pocket-knife or multi-tool, as well as a special pen pocket – all the while being small and compact enough to still fit in the palm of your hand. For something that melds with both everyday outfits and work, Hitch and Timber delivers.
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