The Best Minimalist EDC Wallets for Carrying Cash

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Even with the rise of portable card readers and payment apps, we still encounter the occasional “cash only” situation on our daily adventures. Whether you want to tip your waiter in cash, buy something from a street vendor, support a busking musician in the subway, or just like the feel of hard-earned paper money in your hands, it pays to carry a wallet that’s got you covered.

This shouldn’t mean carrying an overstuffed George Constanza-like monstrosity of a billfold—instead, you can carry cards and cash without adding extra bulk to your pocket or bag if you pick the right wallet. Designs that will allow you to fold your bills neatly over in two, avoiding the triple-fold (and deterring the act of just stuffing your cash in a pocket), combined with the use of durable, versatile materials mean that you can cash in on some super slim, efficient pieces that will withstand wear without taking up extra space.


Filson Small Bi-Fold Wallet

The Filson Small Bi-Fold is a new classic. Filson means quality—after all, they have been crafting goods made for hunting in the US since 1850. Their products will hold their own almost no matter your daily use. The Bi-Fold is made out of vegetable-tanned leather with Tin Cloth accents, which will age beautifully over time. There are two slots for cards, a security pocket, and a leather strap bill-holder for keeping that reduces the bulk of extra fabric that an entire pocket dedicate to storing your notes would entail.

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Common Fibers Max

The Max Classic by Common Fibers claims to reduce the thickness of your standard wallet by 50%. This USA made wallet includes six slots for cards and a billfold for unfolded cash. The Classic also features two hidden pockets and RFID protection to give you that extra bit of security. All Common Fibers products use durable aerospace grade carbon fiber for that high-tech look and feel to a familiar wallet form factor.

BUY ($100)


Flowfold Vanguard

The Vanguard Billfold by Flowfold boasts the same thickness as just two credit cards and a weighs the same as three sheets of standard printer paper. This practical wallet keeps you organized with one pocket for cash, two ID windows (that each hold two-four cards) and two hidden card pockets. The Vanguard comes in seven different colors of a strong and lightweight kevlar or carbon fiber cloth, so you can have enjoy personalizing your carry with just the right wallet to match.

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Distil Union Wally Bifold

The Wally Bifold by Distil Union is a front-pocket-friendly wallet made with fine Argentine leather. The Wally has a metal money-clip inside for easy cash storage and access. With a super slim overall profile, both sides of the Wally have pull-tabs so that you can reveal and retract up to 12 of your cards back into your wallet for discreet access. They’ve even color-coded the ribbons so you know which pocket to pull from at a glance. (Editor's Note: See my full review of the Wally Bifold here for more info.)

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Bellroy Low Down

As far as wallets go, Bellroy is a favorite in the EDC crowd. They make a good point on the matter: Why, indeed, carry more wallet than your bills need? Bellroy’s latest, the Low Down, is a “slim wallet that loves flat bills” (and so do we!). This minimally designed piece accommodates both US and Australian currency (from the brand’s home country), as well as up to ten cards, in a classic landscape style. Like all Bellroy wallets, this one is made from vegetable-tanned leather and comes in five different colors. The Low Down lives up to its name and keeps your pockets slim and smooth with its tapered edges.

BUY ($80)


Capsule Minimalist Wallet

Offered in a variety of colors and leathers, this wallet by Capsule is truly minimalist. They make one product and make it well, with a proprietary CashStrap that helps you store and remove your cash in an innovative way. The main sleeve pocket holds a recommended two-to-four cards, and has a high-density lining to ensure you can slide them easily in and out. They’ve even reinforced specific stress points with extra stitching and debossed their logo onto the CashStrap to keep their branding understated. The standard model offers both utility and a luxury feel at a good value compared to other designer wallets.

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Allett Leather Sport Wallet

Allet makes the claim on the “original thin wallet.” The Classic Leather Sport Wallet’s patented side-by-side pocket design has a single pocket for cash with room for up to ten cards. The Napa leather it uses not only patinas nicely over time (always a sweet detail), but it also produces less moisture thanks to its breathability. From the extra secure rubber grips in the card pockets to the SoftTech nylon interior, you get a great balance between materials for any situation from “the wilderness to the workplace.”

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SlimFold Micro Wallet 

For a vegan- and environmentally-friendly slim wallet, check out the new SlimFold collection. They get their thinness, light weight, and durability from resilient non-leather materials. The Tyvek option is thin and rip-resistant, while the soft shell version is tough against abrasion. High-tech and mindfully manufactured, these are bold, functional, and even waterproof.

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Dun Wallet

The Dun Wallet is the world’s thinnest leather bifold at just 0.2” thick and weighing in at a single ounce. You can easily fit it into your front pocket, back pocket or shirt pocket. It can stash up to ten bills, or tickets and receipts in its unique triangular cash strap. Leather construction and polished hardware make the wallet well-suited for a more formal look. It fits most currency types, with room for a key or pocket change to spare.

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ATELEIA Slim Wallet

For those of you who are fans of handcrafted artisanal leather goods, give the ATELEIA Slim Wallet a look. It’s cut and sewn by hand from beautiful natural, red, brown, or black leather. It can store up to 12 cards in its two outer pockets. An internal pocket can store 6-7 US bills folded in half. Despite its large capacity, it stays slim thanks to its simple, minimalist construction. It’s both a classic and reliable piece that can find a home in most pockets.

BUY ($55)

How are you carrying your cash these days? Let us know your favorite cash-friendly wallets and gear in a comment below.

Header image by Bernard Capulong

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Surprised None of them allow for carrying coins...
Maybe not so relevant for the US but it definitely is for those in Europe and many other countries
I actually created a little add-on that allows you to carry a few coins in a minimal wallet, while keeping it flat: http://cavitycard.wix.com/cavitycard
I've also noticed the neglect of fact that many people around the world still rely on coins. I searched for a long time before I found a suitable wallet. I order a hand made leather bi-fold from Etsy; however I have also backed this kickstarted that seems a good step in the right direction...check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523127304/minicap-slim-wallet-with-everything-you-need
I just signed up for two of these, they look interesting.
Last think I want in a minimalist wallet is a bunch of coins.
I'm currently using a recycled firefighter wallet and love it.
http://recycledfirefighter.com/collections/sergeant-slim-wallets
If you have a second and want to check out a super premium minimalist wallet, please take a look at the FNDN. It holds 2-13 cards. Keep your most used cards on the outside and lesser used cards and cash can be stored in the center with quick access pull tab. Ultra thin footprint. http://fndn.com/collections/leather/products/fndn-minimalist-front-pocket-wallet Thanks!
FNDN!!!!!!! I just got the minimalist wallet from here. The leather is so soft!, and love the pull tab you guys incorporated into the wallet! It saves me soo much time trying to get my fat fingers from digging in and getting my cards out like the other wallets. My friend told me about this brand. I just got a Shinola watch, which is a Detroit brand, and he told me about FNDN, which is from Detroit too. Totally gonna get more product from here!!!!
In my mind, wallets that fold in half eventually transform from "minimalist" to "maximalist". They just acquire too much over time, which is why I like the FNDN sleeve style. Easy access to your go-to cards, enough room to carry the essentials, but not so much room that it invites you to start collecting business cards of people you're not going to call.
If you want to go super minimal check out the FNDN iPhone wallets. Everything you need in one spot. http://fndn.com/collections/leather/products/fndn-ultra-thin-luxury-leather-iphone-wallet-case
I would have loved to see the FNDN minimalist wallet on this list. The wallet is very slim with plenty of room for cash, cards and doesn't need to fold keeping the over all size as minimal as possible. The integrated pull tab eliminates the struggle of grabbing anything out of the main middle pocket again allowing for the smallest amount of space being used to its capacity! Comes in 4 colors, Check it out here! http://fndn.com/collections/leather/products/fndn-minimalist-front-pocket-wallet
I've been selling these for nearly two years. They are A LOT like that Ateleia slim wallet above but with one front pocket, and only made from one piece of Horween Chromexcel.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/207119551/the-sawbuck-horween-chromexcel-brown?ref=shop_home_active_10
Surprised the Mighty Wallet didn't make it. Love their designs and their prices. https://www.dynomighty.com/mighty-wallet/
May I recommend the http://elephantwallet.com/. They offer a considerable collection of minimalist wallets for everyone's taste : soft, hard, leather, aluminum, RFID etc. I own one. Check them out.
Also consider the Recycled Fire-hose Sargent front pocket wallet.
I have 2 of those! one in leather the other in tank vinyl
Here's one for y'all that I have backed on kick starter.
Integrated RFID shield, protection against credit card and identity theft.
• Vertical Quick-Slide card slot for chipped cards.
•Imported Genuine Leather.
•Traditional cash pocket for USA and International currencies.
•8 individual card slots including a pull tab and 2 hidden pockets

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brandonstastny/mostradtm-maverick-wallet

has a few days left till the campaign closes.
I bought the first version of this wallet and its held up really well over the past two years.
I have been carrying a Big Skinny wallet for the last several years -http://m.bigskinny.net/wallets-for-men.html.
I first bought the leather hybrid bi-fold, which was really nice. But it got put through an industrial washing machine and didn't come out too pretty. I now have the multi-pocket bi-fold. The thing that I like most about Big Skinny wallets is they feel minimalist but they aren't. Check out their website and see how they manufacture their products.
They might be slightly thicker, and maybe less professional, but Recycled Firefighter Sergeants should be on this list.
Java wallet from Ryoko works well for me.. Dig that its handstitched - http://ryokobags.com/collections/travel-light/products/java-card-wallet
Which wallet is in the background of the picture at the header of this buying guide?
That's a Bellroy Slim Sleeve. It's not designed to carry half-folded bills, but it works just fine (the bills peek out a bit, but it works and helps with retrieval in my experience). Great wallet!
I'm using a small waxed canvas pouch I picked up from an artisanal craftsman on Etsy. The guy is for Spain and goes by the name aseismanos. Check it out. Small enough to carry in my front pocket, stuff plenty cards, and even for my Fisher space pin.
No love for the Alexean clip fold wallet? It's good at cash is made with Saffiano leather (a personal favorite) and would be one of the least expensive options on this list.

http://www.alexean.com/products/clipfold
I've been using the Allett wallets as long as they've been around, and have given out loads as gifts. They're brilliant wallets, and take a good beating.
I just picked up a FNDN wallet. I've had a Allett for some years now, and my buddy told me about this FNDN brand outta Detroit. Finest Quality, if your ever looking for another style. If your like me, you have at least 6 wallets...haha. Totally good for a beating too!
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