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Men's Leather Wallet: 4 Top Types and When to Use Them

Online payment is becoming more popular, which has made cash and credit cards less required. However, I’m convinced that wallets are still as relevant as always. Here are a couple of reasons:

  • You can expect Apple and Google Pay to fail occasionally (like all techie stuff), so it’s best to be prepared and carry some cash and a credit card, just in case.
  • A wallet is still your best choice to carry your license, club membership, and business cards—don’t underestimate the power of personal touch in business.
  • A wallet is not only a utility item; it’s a statement of your personal style. Few things are more tasteful than a full-grain leather wallet.

When it comes to leather qualities, full-grain and top-grain are the best and far better than the so-called “genuine” leather.

A full-grain leather wallet will stay with you for decades without tearing or losing its shape.

It must be said that there are many more ways to use a wallet than they used to be decades ago, as our professions and lifestyles have diversified. I bet you an adventure traveler, a lawyer, and an app programmer use their wallets in very different ways.

Consequently, wallet shapes and sizes have diversified, which means there’s a wallet for you no matter what lifestyle you lead. I’m sure we can find your ideal billfold among the following four popular wallet types.

1 - The Traditional Leather Wallet

The traditional leather wallet has stood the test of time since we started using wallets to carry our first paper currencies. The reason is its eclectic design that adapts to different needs.

This billfold hits the middle-ground between moderate size and sufficient space. It’s the go-to choice if you combine tangible and digital means of payment in your daily life, and you want to store other essentials, like your driver’s license.

Its classic bifold configuration comes with at least one space on the inside for bills and several slots for cards and IDs.

Popov Leather's Traditional Wallet has six card slots where you can fit up to 12 cards and comes with enough room for your bills and important notes. It’s made of beautiful full-grain leather, making it so durable that you can pass your wallet down to your son or nephew as a family heirloom.

Popov Leather’s Traditional Wallet’s interior in Heritage Brown color
Popov Leather’s Traditional Wallet’s interior in Heritage Brown color​​

"The wallet looks, feels, and smells amazing. I love the red stitching, which reminds me of a baseball, and the full-grain leather reminds me of a great old baseball mitt. You can feel the quality when you hold it in your hand. I had it engraved with just my last name. I will give it to my son someday."

Ernesto Diaz

The secret to the traditional wallet is its versatility:

  • It balances a convenient size that fits most pockets with enough room for all your essential items.
  • This wallet works great if you still rely on physical payment or if you only require a couple of cards and bills for backup.
  • Its straightforward design helps you unfold it quickly, take what you need, and fold it back.

2 - The Spacious Trifold Leather Wallet

The trifold leather wallet became popular with the widespread use of credit cards in the 60s and 70s. Many people started collecting cards and the room in bifold designs wasn't enough for them.

This wallet is an excellent choice for men who rely heavily on credit cards and cash, and like to carry several membership cards, business cards, or even family pictures. Heck, if you simply want to store a lot of stuff in your wallet, this option will work for you.

Popov Leather's Trifold Wallet has four slots that can store eight credit cards and an ID window for up to two identifications. It’s 9.8" wide, so you can easily carry a sizable stack of bills of any currency, as well as receipts and notes.

Popov Leather’s Trifold Wallet’s interior in black
Popov Leather’s Trifold Wallet’s interior in black​​

"The design and durability of this piece are first class. It carries all my cards easily and has plenty of room for my bills and folded documents. The high quality of this product was 'given away' the moment I opened it and smelled the unique scent of real leather. It is the best!!!"

Lyle L.

The trifold leather wallet has specific advantages:

  • Its ample space gives you more freedom to decide what to carry.
  • Because it folds twice, this wallet packs its contents tighter and more securely.
  • Its heftiness makes a strong statement when you take it out.

Expert Tip: Protect your credit cards from cloning with our RFID Blocking Card.

3 - The Minimalist ID Leather Wallet

With the arrival of online payment, minimalist designs, like the ID Leather Wallet, have become much more popular.

They appeal to men who’ve embraced digital payment but still need an ID, a credit card, and perhaps a little cash, just in case. Also, they can be used on special occasions when you want to pack light; for example, when you're having a night out.

There are many variations of minimalist wallets, but they all include one to three slots for cards and a few folded bills.

Popov Leather's ID Wallet sports a convenient outer window that lets you show your ID just by taking out the wallet. It also has a slot in the middle where you can put folded bills or additional cards, and it's only 4.1" wide.

Popov Leather’s ID Wallet in natural color
Popov Leather’s ID Wallet in natural color​​

"This is my first high-quality wallet. I love the design and the craftsmanship. Very functional and yet sleek. It is exactly what I was looking for in a slim wallet to store my cards and a couple of bucks. Thank you, Popov Leather!"

Jude S.

The ID Wallet has a unique minimalist design that comes with its benefits:

  • Its window on the outside is perfect for men who need to show their IDs often (i.e. frequent travelers or guys with active nightlives).
  • The wallet fits comfortably in your front or back pocket, even if you wear slim jeans or trousers.
  • It is a compact and efficient way to express your sense of style and keep your essentials with you.

Related: The 3 Best Minimalist Wallets for Men

4 - The Distinctive Long Leather Wallet

Business executives are in love with long wallets because they fit in their jacket's breast pockets. Few things have more allure than taking out a long leather wallet from the breast pocket of your fancy coat or blazer.

Long wallets first became popular among bikers who carried lots of cash for tolls and on-the-road purchases (imagine trying to pack thirty folded bills in a bifold or trifold wallet). 

The standard design included a chain that motorcyclists attached to their belts so their wallets wouldn't fall off while they were traveling.

This type of wallet is a blend of sophistication and ample space. It can store even more cards and cash than a trifold without getting bulky, and its hallmark shape is a testament to elegance.

Popov Leather’s Long Wallet in English Tan color
Popov Leather’s Long Wallet in English Tan color​​

Popov Leather's Long Wallet takes these qualities to new heights. The signature design has eight slots to store up to 16 credit cards or IDs and two inside pockets where you can carry unfolded bills, concert tickets, or even a checkbook.

True to its legacy, this long leather wallet comes with a detachable 12" solid brass chain with a leather belt loop and a snap button enclosure to keep your items stored securely inside.

"Just the feel, the smell, the quality of the leather, and the workmanship make this an outstanding wallet. It's tall, but not much taller than a full-size iPhone, so carrying it is much less of a problem than I expected."

Steve Ruckstuhl

The long wallet provides functionality and class and adapts to different scenarios:

  • This is one of the most spacious wallets. You can store many items and not worry about running out of room.
  • Its elegant design makes it perfect for fashionable men who frequently use blazers, coats, jackets, or suits.
  • For everyday use and traveling, you can use the chain to wear it safely with jeans or to attach it to a backpack.
a blend of sophistication and ample space

A Quality Leather Wallet for Your Way of Life

Wallets have kept pace with modern life's changes and remain staples of convenience and style.

The wallet for you is the one that suits your lifestyle. The following table compares the four types of leather wallets I discussed above and their advantages.

Type Dimensions Strengths
Traditional Wallet 4.3" x 3.3" x 0.5" (folded)
  • Versatile design that suits different needs
  • Balances moderate size and enough room
  • Opens and closes quickly
Trifold Wallet 3.45" (9.8" - unfolded) x 4.25" x 0.75"
  • Ample space to carry several items 
  • Stores items tightly and securely 
  • Makes a strong statement when taken out
ID Wallet 4.1" x 3.3" x 0.3"
  • Makes it extremely easy to show IDs 
  • Fits small pockets and slim trousers 
  • Slender and stylish at the same time
Long Wallet 7.5" x 3.5" x 0.5" (folded)
  • The most spacious. Stores lots of items 
  • Its detachable chain helps keep it close by 
  • Elegant and eye-catching design
the wallet for you is the one that suits your lifestyle

I hope you've found your ideal wallet among these options. 

You can explore my entire selection of leather wallets if you're still undecided.

Whichever wallet you choose, remember that quality is as important as design. If you invest in a premium wallet, you’ll acquire a timeless piece that will stay with you for the rest of your life and even become an heirloom your family will cherish for generations.

With Popov Leather, I take pride in knowing the value of agelessness in these times of fads.

I create each of my wallets with a lifetime guarantee, using only full-grain Horween leather manufactured in the US and thick Tiger thread, regarded as the most resistant in the world.

You’ll see your wallet gracefully age alongside you and develop a lovely patina while retaining its strength and durability.

Learn more: The Story of Popov Leather

Article by Ryan Popoff

Ryan Popoff is the CEO and Co-Founder of Popov Leather. He has absolutely no business background, in fact, he graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Ryan's leather goods business was born from a hobby at the dining room table and a passion for technology (ecommerce in particular). Ryan calls Nelson BC his home where he's raising his family and enjoys spending the odd afternoon at a local craft brewery.

Ryan Popoff

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