How to Choose the Best Men’s Wallet | Popov Leather

How to Choose the Best Men’s Wallet

How to Choose the Best Men’s Wallet

Your wallet speaks volumes about who you are. 

It’s not only a place to store your money and credit cards, but also an expression of your personal style. It screams, "organized, messy, creative, eclectic!" No wonder we have a pocket profile quiz that will tell you exactly what your choice of wallet says about you.  

With so many different types and styles of wallets on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one.. 

I understand your frustration. I started Popov Leather because I was struggling to find the best front-pocket wallet for my needs. 

Now, together with a group of leather-loving, hard-working people, we make wallets that suit every need, taste, and preference. I'm going to share with you five of my tried-and-tested tips for finding the best men's wallet for you. 

Figure Out Your "Why"

man using a wallet to carry cash

"Why do you want to change your wallet?" This is the first question I ask when guiding someone through the process of choosing a new wallet. What are the reasons behind your purchase? To organize? To be more eco-friendly? For comfort?

It's important that you don't just go with what looks best or seems stylish, but rather one that serves your specific needs. Once you know your "why," it becomes much easier to find the right wallet for you.

Sometimes, finding your "why" is as simple as reviewing what you use your current wallet for. Here are some questions you should answer in order to find a wallet that is functional.

  • How often do you carry cash? 
  • How often do you use your credit cards? 
  • Do you ever carry a checkbook? 
  • Do you need to carry your ID with you at all times? 
  • Are there any other cards or documents you need to carry on a regular basis? 

The Popov Leather wallet collection has different pieces for different needs. Here is a table showing the types of wallets we have and their uses.

Wallet Features Uses
Traditional Wallet
  • 6 card slots that fit at least 2 cards each
  • Billfold pocket that fits a stack of cash
Back pocket carry for cards and cash
5 Card Wallet
  • 5 card slots that fit many cards each
  • Front pocket for quick access to your go to card
  • Room for up to 10 folded bills
Front pocket carry for cards and cash
  • 4 card slots that fit at least 2 cards each
  • ID window
  • Deep pocket for bills, receipts, and notes
Front or back pocket carry for your ID, cards, cash, receipts, notes and more
Card Holder
  • Slot for 6 cards and folded cash
Front pocket carry for cards and folded cash
ID Wallet
  • 2 card slots that can fit 1-3 cards
  • Middle slot that can fit cash folded once
  • Reverse side features ID slot
Front pocket carry for cards, cash, and your ID
Checkbook Wallet
  • 4 card slots with room for at least 8 cards
  • 2 pockets wide enough to hold unfolded cash
  • Slot designed for most checkbook sizes
Carry you checks, cards, and cash

Know Your Leathers

wallets made from full-grain leather

Leather has a very distinctive look, feel, and smell. As one of the most natural materials, it makes wallets that are unique in terms of thickness, texture, coloration variations, markings, scuffs.

Of course, not all leather is the same. Although they all come from cowhide, there are different types of leather.

Full Grain Leather

Trifold wallet

The highest quality and most expensive. Full-grain leather is made from the outer layer of the hide, which has all the natural markings and features. It's durable, thick, and has a great texture.

This type of leather breathes. It absorbs moisture and oils from handling over time. The result is a rich, beautiful patina that tells a story about all the places you've been with your wallet.

Since the grain is intact, wallets made with full-grain leather are durable. The leather fibers are strong and may even last longer than the thread used to stitch the wallet.

At Popov Leather, we use full grain Horween leather to manufacture wallets. Our goal is threefold—to give you a high-end product that will serve its purpose, look good, and last long.  

Corrected Grain Leather 

wallet made with corrected grain leather

Just like full-grain leather, corrected grain leather is made from the top cut of the hide. However, the surface has been sanded down and a finish is applied. 

Manufacturers "correct" the leather to get rid of the natural markings and imperfections on the surface of the skin. The result of these processes is a smooth finish and even texture free of imperfections. 

The process also seals the pores, making the leather less breathable than full-grain types. Consequently, it takes much longer for items made with this leather to develop patina. 

On the bright side, corrected leather can be easier to clean as it doesn't absorb as many oils and moisture. 

Split Grain Leather

wallet made from split grain leather

Split grain leather is just as the name suggests; the part that would have been full-grain has been split into two layers. It's usually very thin and is not durable at all. 

It's weak, scratches easily, and tears apart quickly. Manufacturers using this type of leather coat it with polymer, emboss it, and label it "genuine leather." In reality, it's anything but. 

Bonded Leather 

Bonded leather is made of all different types of leather scraps that have been ground up and combined with a bonding agent. Usually, a very small amount of leather is used, making it the cheapest and least durable type of leather. 

It doesn't look or feel like real leather, and it definitely doesn't smell like it. 

Be True to Your Style

stylish men’s leather accessories

Sure, functionality is an important factor when deciding which wallet to buy. However, I believe there's always room for style. 

That's why I encourage you to find a wallet that not only fits your needs, but also reflects your personal style.

Are you a vibrant, boisterous person? Do you love bold pieces that make a statement? If so, you'll want a wallet that pops. 

For you, I recommend The Long Wallet. Our signature product for those who refuse to downsize and love to make a statement. It features a lever snap chain so you can show off your handsome leather and always have it by your side 

Or, do you believe that less is more? Are you a more low-key and classic type of person? Maybe you're more understated and prefer pieces with clean lines and simple details. 

In that case, our Slim Wallet would be perfect for you. Its minimalist design allows you to carry all your cards and coins without the bulk. 

Trifold wallet

Think Logistics

You've weighed your options, added your wallet of choice to your cart, and are about to checkout. Have you considered when and how your prized possession will get to you?  

It's always a good idea to check the shipping and return policies of an online store before you make your purchase. It can save you a lot of trouble down the line.

What if you order your wallet and realize it’s not what you expected? Have you thought about how easy or hard it will be to get an exchange? 

Just like our handcrafted leather wallets, our return policy stands out from the competition. We offer:

  • 90 day free returns for store credit
  • 90 day free exchanges
  • 30 day returns for refund

Popov Leather Is Your Best Bet

man carrying a hand stitched leather wallet in his pocket

Before you go scrolling endlessly through Amazon or check out the wallets section at your favorite department store, I encourage you to check out our leather wallet collection. 

Earlier, I mentioned that Popov Leather was born out of my struggle to find a front-pocket wallet that suited my needs. After trying out countless wallets and being disappointed with the results, I decided to take matters into my own hands. 

I wanted a wallet that was made of high-quality materials, was stylish and lasted long. Oh, and it had to be comfortable to carry. After months of designing, testing, and redesigning, I finally created the perfect front-pocket wallet.

Keeping in mind what I've learned over the past few years, Popov Leather offers you an incredible product at a price that fits your budget. Our customers agree.

“My experience has been awesome! The quality and workmanship is second to none! It fits perfectly in my front pocket and I'm so happy I went with popov leather company!”
Ryan K, Canada 

We're always innovating and improving our products for the satisfaction of our customers. 

Each piece is made honestly and with the utmost care. We pride ourselves on creating high-quality leather wallets that are not only beautiful, but also durable. 

Our products are backed by a lifetime warranty, and we're always here to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

We want you to be happy with your purchase for years to come, and we're confident that you'll love our products. So head over to our website, and find the perfect wallet for you!

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