The 10 Best Elastic Minimalist Wallets for Everyday Carry

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When it comes to your wallet, slim is in. But paring down what you keep in it to the absolute minimum can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of you. Maybe in searching for the slimmest wallet you can get, you've found that most options just aren't flexible enough to handle the ever changing amount of cards and change your wallet encounters. That's where an elastic wallet comes in: it's slim by design but has some give, making it one of the most versatile options for EDC. In this guide, you'll learn whether this kind of wallet is right for you, and discover 10 excellent elastic wallets to get you started.

Why elastic?

Unlike traditional leather wallets, modern minimalist wallets commonly use some kind of elastic or rubber (even those fancy metal wallets do, but for this guide we're focusing on soft goods). It's a good material for these reasons:

  • It gets really slim: Thanks to its stretchiness, less material is needed to accommodate the same number of cards. The result is a super slim wallet you can slip into any pocket.
  • It's versatile and variable: When you carry only a few cards, you won't have “wasted” space in unused card slots like you would in a leather bifold. But when you do decide to load up on cards, your wallet stays slim by stretching what little elastic material it already has.
  • It's light: Compared to leather and metal, elastic and rubber wallets are barely there — especially when you factor in how little material they use up in the first place.
  • It's (generally) affordable: Unlike with luxe leather wallets and exotic metal wallets, when you buy an elastic wallet, you'll probably have some cash left over to actually put in it. Some wallets base their design on elastic webbing but also feature some premium materials like leather or aluminum for a nice balance of advantages, but those often come at a higher price.

Is an elastic wallet right for you?

That list of benefits isn't without its disadvantages. Even though it won't be too much of an investment for one, it's worth thinking about whether an elastic wallet is right for your use case and needs.

You should try an elastic wallet if…

  • You mainly carry cards and only use cash and coins sparingly
  • You like to carry fewer cards or change the amount of cards you carry often
  • Prefer a slim and comfortable front pocket wallet
  • Like using contactless or NFC cards

It probably won't be the best for you if…

  • You need a bombproof wallet, as even the best elastic can wear out faster than metal and leather
  • You want RFID-secure protection for your cards
  • You pay with cash and and receive change often
  • You can't deal with low capacity or you carry 10+ cards

With all this in mind, take a look at these 10 soft elastic wallet options to get you started.


Elephant Wallet e8

The Elephant e8 fully embraces an all-elastic construction to give you the best the material has to offer. It looks deceptively simple but its webbing is stitched to provide two smaller front pockets for coins or memory cards, two horizontal pockets for 2-14 cards, and a central pocket for folded bills. It's finished with triple stitching for a bit more durability and comes in 15 different colors. For an affordable, lightweight option that's as minimal as it gets without being too restricting, check this one out.

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Distil Union Wally Micro

The Micro retains much of the DNA of its popular bigger brother, the Wally Bifold, but streamlines it down to a sleeve-like design. That includes its signature pull-tab for quick, at-a-glance access, premium Italian leather in two-tone reversible colorways, and made in the USA construction. You'll find elastic on its closure system to keep its 1-10 cards in place that also doubles as an external cash strap. Overall, you get a similar luxurious feel of a leather wallet but in a much more compact design.

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Trove Wallet

With a nice balance of elastic webbing for versatile stretch and leather for handfeel and structure, the Trove Wallet makes no compromises. It features two outer pockets, sized just right to leave enough of a card exposed to slide it out with your thumb, and one central pocket for folded bills or less used cards. Its regular layout is so simple that it's straightforward and useable (making it my personal favorite elastic wallet), but you can flip the wallet inside out to give it an entirely different purpose. When inverted, the leather touchpoints become loops to wear on a belt or to stash headphones or a phone cable, leaving the central pocket for card and cash duty.

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BASICS Wallet

The BASICS Wallet might be stripped down in materials, but definitely not in capacity and function. It features a pull-tab equipped pocket on one side, with an exposed pocket on the other side for quick access from every direction. As an example that elastic wallets can be minimal without sacrificing storage, the BASICS Wallet accommodates up to 15 cards as well as a house key, coins, or other small essentials in its stash pocket too.

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SUPR Slim 2 Wallet

The SUPR Slim 2 gives your cards a tailored fit reminiscent of a compact leather card case, but simplifies the construction while upping the capacity thanks to its elastic stretch side panels. It accommodates 1-10 cards in its microfiber-lined interior while its smooth grain leather outer provides a comfortable touch in hand and easy entry into your pocket.

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Crabby Wallet

The Crabby Wallet combines a clever matrix of elastic webbing to act more like a gear organizer than a wallet. In addition to carrying up to 10 cards, it can also fit some folded cash, a smartphone, and keychain gear on its included lanyard. Save for hardware, it's fully elastic to keep a slim profile and light weight.

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DPTR Clamshell Wallet

If you value style as much as you do minimalism, the DPTR Clamshell wallet should fit the bill. The design is simple: it's a single piece of thick yet supple high quality leather that folds over your cards, held in place by an elastic closure. Thanks to its mostly open construction, you'll never really need to undo the strap, and you can access your cards by grabbing them from the side or pinching them from the top. DPTR's wallets are proudly made in the USA and come in several colors to fit your style, too.

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Infinity Wallet

The Infinity Wallet is another fully elastic wallet made from a nylon-elastic webbing to give your cards a snug fit. It fits around 1-10 cards in two outer pockets, with a central pass-through bills pocket that you can access from the top or bottom of the wallet. It's a no-frills wallet at a low price to boot, making it a compelling introduction to trying out an elastic wallet.

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TGT Deluxe Wallet

In 2012 TGT had a tight grip on the minimalist wallet market as the most successful wallet Kickstarter campaign, and for good reason. The TGT Wallet's original vertical elastic card sleeve design was refreshingly simple, but the Deluxe version adds an extra pocket for added versatility. Its footprint is even smaller than the credit cards it can hold yet its made-in-USA construction is durable enough to fit what even some bulky bifolds can't.

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Raw Wallet

The Raw Wallet comes as another all-elastic option at an entry-level price point. As a result of its super thin profile, its capacity is limited to 1-8 cards. However, it does features a loop of webbing for attaching to a keychain or lanyard and a central through pocket for bills. The best part might be the price point, sliding in at under 10 bucks.

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To learn more about EDC wallets, take a look at some of our other guides:

Do you have a favorite stretchy wallet that deserves a mention on this list? Leave a comment below and let your fellow EDCers know!

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Anybody besides me find that a plain old rubber band does just as well?
I use a bulldog clip to hold all my cards and notes together! Rubber bands wear out too quickly for me, but I think in terms of absolute minimalist simplicity, you can't go wrong with one
Thank you for that tight plethora of elastic puns at the top of the article. They were so natural, none of them was a stretch.
I've been carrying a tgt nightcall 2.0 wallet for a while now, every day, on every occasion. Working as a HVAC service technician i'd like to add something that most people won't take into consideration when buying these wallets: if you sweat a lot and carry these wallets with you everywhere, they start to smell. Not like you can smell it from standing 3 meters away, but it can still be pretty nasty. And, as far as I know, most manufacturers don't recommend washing the wallets. You might want to keep that in mind when buying an elastic wallet.
You have very good point there!
I vote for Elephant Wallet e8, it's perfect.
Lol, find a new aluminum Slim Wallet, different with old wallet.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074DSWXJZ?tag=bg999-20
Ooo, can you do a list of the top ten bomproof wallets? I would love that.
Elastic just does not do it for me carrying around coins and cash can become a nightmare, only love the leather feel, Disc Wallets my goto!
I'd say you missed one of the top ones in the SPINE WALLET.... it may have titanium too but the ones on our list aren't exclusively elastic either. You should add it. It's better than these I promise
Not a fan of anything elastic, especially something as highly manipulated as a wallet, because eventually that band will lose its properties. I think about all those pairs of old running shorts that, when you pull the waist, you hear the elastic go "Pop-pop-pop-pop!" and then never return, the shorts falling around your ankles.