Has your wallet grown to uncomfortable proportions? If you really want to slim things down, replace your wallet itself with a more minimalist one. Depending on your needs, you can get one that carries just a few cards and is small enough to fit easily in a front pocket, or a traditional bifold wallet that holds everything your current one does but is pared down to bare essentials.
Here are eleven of the best from the ultra-minimalist to slightly slimmer.
$20 (and up)
Herschel Supply Co. makes wallets to suit just about anyone's needs, but if it's slimness you're after you'll likely want to look at the company's Charlie card holder wallet. It's about as simple as straightforward as things get, with just a couple of slots for cards and a pocket to hold a few bills. As with most other Herschel gear, it's also available in your choice of a near-endless variety of colors and patterns. If you're not ready to go quite that minimalist, however, you can step up to the company's still fairly slim Roy wallet ().
A slightly different take on the common bifold, the Everyman Holden is an straight forward and elegant design that works perfectly as a front-pocket wallet. With a six-pocket design, you can squirrel away all the cards and cash you'd ever need.
Leather and fabrics aren't you only options when it comes to wallets these days. Tke for instance this lightweight Radix One made from polycarbonate. The wallet itself will easily hold between four to ten cards, while a silicon band lets you slip in a bit of cash as well.
Looking for a minimalist wallet with a bit of a more premium feel? You likely won't be disappointed with Jack Spade's Grant leather card holder, which is one of four in their testing. They especially liked its slightly taller size than most similar card holders, which will let you carry a few extra cards along with some cash. At $78, it is a tad on the pricey side, but it should easily last for years to come.
It's exactly what you think—a wallet that's also a multitool. If you're constantly carrying a multitool or knife on you (and you probably should), then the Multitool Wallet seems like space-saving lifesaver. With room for 12 cards, cash, RFID blocking and a saw, knife, paracord tensioner, smartphone stand, nail pryer, and ruler, it's likely the most feature-packed wallet in such a slim frame.
You carry your phone and wallet everyone—why not make the two one? The Wally Ether attempts this feat with the most success, packing in cards and cash in the side and comes in a variety of color options Of course, having your wallet attached to your phone has other advantages. This Find My iPhone feature also makes your wallet GPS trackable. Another option to try is one of Distil Union's as well.
Bellroy is another name that's developed a solid reputation for its slimmed-down wallets, of which there are a number to chose from. The Low Down is one that will likely strike the right balance for many, with it offering a traditional bifold design complete with a full-size pocket for bills. One slight variation from the norm is that it offers just two "quick-access" slots for your most used cards, while the rest are tucked away inside the bill compartment.
If you're more into the zippered variety of wallets, Capsule's Accomplice wallet has one of the thinnest designs out there. It might look compact, but its small design can hold up to 20 cards or 70 bills. It's also constructed from Italian leather and reinforced with nylon for durability. Not bad.
If you're looking for a wallet that's minimalist, inexpensive, and durable, you may want to consider Flowfold's bifold-style Vanguard wallet—either in its Limited or . It's fully water-resistant, made of durable outdoor materials that have been reclaimed and repurposed, and is backed up by a lifetime warranty by the Maine-based company. It's also a good option if you're looking for a vegan-friendly alternative to leather wallets.
Nomantic's BASICS Slim Wallet is one of a number of minimalist wallets that have been Kickstarter success stories in recent years, and which has continued to be a popular choice since its crowdfunding camping. Costing just $20, the wallet can hold up to 15 cards if you really want to stretch it to its limit, while a small pocket provides a bit of extra storage for some cash or a house key.
It doesn't get more simple than this. The DPTR Clamshell Wallet smashes together your cards and cash with a nylon band and one piece of leather. Made in America using locally sourced goods, the Clamshell is a good get if you're serious about cutting down the bulk.