A wallet is a man’s best friend.
Well, not really.
But really close.
If you try to think about it, it’s the closest we can get to having Batman’s utility belt. Everything you can ever need to survive the modern world in one small piece of leather.
But before we go into details, do we even have a formal and worldwide accepted definition of what a wallet is? Growing up, a wallet was just something you put paper money in. It wasn’t the best definition out there but it actually makes sense.
At this point you might be wondering, “Why are we trying to define what a wallet is?” Good catch. Fact of the matter is we will be discussing what are the different kinds of men’s wallets. But before we can even talk about the different types, we must first set a proper definition of a wallet. If we don’t, it will be much harder for us to enumerate the different types.
Long story short, let’s agree on what a wallet is and what it is used for before we try and introduce the different types.
This way, it will be much easier for us to understand why the variations exist and why people choose them over the other types.
What is a Wallet?
By definition, a wallet is a flat, folding pocketbook that is large enough to hold paper money, credit cards, identification cards, and often has a compartment for coins. They are usually pocket-sized but are not always foldable. When talking of a wallet, it is correct to say that it can be anything that fits in your pocket that can hold your cards, money, and other small articles.
Wallets come in different shapes and sizes for different reasons. Most of the time, a certain type of wallet is used by a person who prefers to use his wallet in a certain way. Here are 5 of the most common types of wallets that men use around the world.
1. Super Slim Wallet
Considered to be one of the “newer” types of wallets. Super slim wallets are perfect for people who just wants to carry around the bare necessities. No bulge, only pure comfort and utility. A lot of modern men use super slim wallets for fashion reasons as they don’t create an awkward bulge in the pockets. They are usually placed on the front pockets which make them less likely to be pickpocketed.
2. Bi-fold wallets
A billfold usually comes as a bi-fold or tri-fold wallet. They are the most common and are considered timeless. Most bi-folds can hold enough cash, cards, and other articles you might need daily and more. Bi-folds are oftentimes considered the “go-to” wallet for people who need something that is serves its purpose without having to lug around an oversized purse.
3. Travel Wallet
While some wallet makers are downsizing their designs, there is still a market for wallets that are larger than usual. Travel wallets fit the bill perfectly. Travel wallets are created larger that usual to accommodate one’s tickets and international passports. These kinds of wallets are not the best for daily use but a father of 3 in a trip will find them the best kind of wallet there is.
4. Phone Case Wallet
If you are the kind of person who wants to put just about anything in your wallet then you might have had the notion that maybe you should also put your phone inside your wallet. Well, you can do that now thanks to phone case wallets. They are rather bulky and are used by people who want to have their essentials all in one piece of leather.
5. Money clip
Usually considered to be the butt of jokes in the wallet world, money clips can prove to be indispensable for a lot of people. They are the smallest kinds of wallets and are usually created with the intent of just being able to secure a few pieces of cash. A lot of interesting designs can be found online and some of them are made to double as knives or bottle openers.
These are the 5 most common types of wallets used by men all over the world. Note that one kind is not necessarily better than the other as they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Find one that fits your needs and keep other kinds for when you need them.