Wallets, eh? If you're a bloke you're pretty much contractually mandated to carry one, right? Hell, even if you're a gal you're expected to carry your currency round in style and security and, let's be honest, big granny purses are so out right now. As such, a leather wallet is basically a mandatory purchase and valued life tool, one that you use every single day to carry round your most personal and private data, both financial and otherwise.
And while that is all true, you do need some vessel to carry around your credit cards, cash and coins, it is not the whole truth, as if it were then we'd all be content in carrying around our precious pennies in a smelly old sock. No, the full truth is that there are currency carriers, and then there are currency carriers, wallets that take things to the next level.
These are some of the most secure, stylish and feature-packed leather wallets currently available. We're sure you'll find one to your liking.
How we tested
Wallets are not the most complicated of tools, however, there are certain criteria that we looked at when evaluating each. Out-and-out style and aesthetic, while not the most important factor, is a serious consideration. Afterall, you don't want to go out on a date to that fancy restaurant in The Shard in a Savile Row suit and Louis Vuitton shoes only to whip out a bulky and fug-ugly piece of cowhide that smells of dead donkey now do you?
And while we're talking about suits, size and compactness is another factor that needed to be evaluated for similar reasons. If you're going out for a night on the town, then a full-sized, coin and paraphernalia-friendly wallet might not be best option. Instead, a smaller, streamlined, card-focused affair might be a better choice.
Into the meat of the reveiws, core of course is the feature set. We broke down feature set thusly: number of card slots, number of cash compartments, were there coin pockets? And further, were those coin pockets zipped? And, even further still, when zips were used, did they come with a zip cover to prevent interior scratching? Oh, and while not the most important feature, we couldn't forget the classic driving license viewing window slot now could we.
Sat just below feature set was overall build quality of course, which included things like stitching caliber and leather finish.
And finally, we evaluated if the wallets came with anything above and beyond the call of a currency carrier - so, for example, if the wallet boasted RFID-blocking security tech, then that bumped up the score.
Crucially though, it is important to remember that while there definitely are star-rated winners here, what wallet will be best for you will be determined by your intended usage and personal taste, so kick back, relax and take a browse through these best 5 picks from our wallet reviews.
The 5 best leather wallets
1. BAIGIO Genuine Leather Crazy Horse Calfskin Bifold Wallet
A lovely, snap-fasten, feature-packed wallet with an understated aesthetic
BAIGIO Genuine Leather Crazy Horse Calfskin Bifold Wallet
One of the best wallets in this roundup, with a premium design and build quality partnering a do-it-all feature set that caters to cards, cash and coins, with a dedicated zipper pocket securely holding loose change. Looks class too.
2. Walletech RFID Italian Leather Wallet
Real Italian leather, a rich tan colour and RFID-blocking tech combine beautifully
Walletech RFID Italian Leather Wallet
In terms of out and out style, this wallet is right up there. If it were a person, it would be Monica Bellucci or Isabella Rossellini - it is simply that stylish. The RFID-blocking tech is a good addition too, however, its feature set doesn’t match up to some other wallets.
3. RFID Blocking Leather Bifold Wallet
A compact, card-focused wallet with RFID blocking tech
RFID Blocking Leather Bifold Wallet
The Napa leather and smart finish are nice but are kind of par-for-the-course in the men’s wallet category right now. Instead, its smart, compact design appeal and - providing you are not a card or coin hoarder - is a solid, lightweight, slimline choice.
4. Itslife Men's Genuine Cowhide Leather Wallet
A real powerhouse of a currency carrier, with pockets and slots galore
Itslife Men's Genuine Cowhide Leather Wallet
A great all-rounder, this wallet delivers on every front. It boasts good build quality, has a functional and tasteful design, includes plenty of features (including a zipped coin compartment and viewable driving license slots) and, crucially, rings in at just £15.99.
5. Visconti Tuscany Collection AREZZO Leather Wallet
An expensive wallet which, if you have deep pockets, is a great choice
Visconti Tuscany Collection AREZZO Leather Wallet
This is a great, feature-laden wallet, with seven card slots, a secure zipped pocket, mesh ID compartment and more. The finish from Visconti is also just lovely. If you want it though it don’t come cheap, with it ringing in at twice the cost of other wallets.