The 17 Best Small Wallets of 2023

These compact picks will keep your cards safe in style.

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Best Small Wallets

Travel + Leisure / Kristin Kempa

While a good travel backpack has its advantages, sometimes flying free and unencumbered can be even better. Rather than toting around items for every possible eventuality, why not give yourself over to the spirit of adventure and bring only the absolute essentials? Stepping out for the day with just a small wallet (and, if you insist, your phone) can help you feel less burdened — or the style will save space in your purse if you’re still committed to carrying a bit more.

In our search for the best small wallets, we looked at options with a length of 5 inches or less, as well as durable materials and useful features like multiple card slots and zippered sections. Here are our favorites.

Best Overall

Cuyana Small Classic Zip Around Wallet

Cuyana ​Small Classic Zip Around Wallet


Why We Love It
  • This wallet packs every feature you’d need inside a secure zippered exterior, with plenty of color and monogram options as well.

What to Consider
  • If you want easy in-and-out access to something like a transit card, this may not be the ideal build for you.

Cuyana’s ethos of 'fewer goods, done better' shows in this smartly designed wallet. Everything you could want is packed into its small body including three card slots (which are even curved for easier removal), a billfold, and a snap-closure coin pouch so your change stays organized. In addition to those features, what bumped this wallet into the top spot was its all-around zipper, making sure all of your belongings stay safely tucked away and won’t slip out. 

We also appreciate the seven different color options in varying neutral shades including black, camel, olive, and blush, and the fact that its manufacturing is LWG-certified to ensure the leather is tanned responsibly. You can even add a large or mini monogram for $15 more.

Price at time of publish: $148

The Details: 4 x 4 x 0.8 inches | Leather

Best Leather

Royce New York Compact Credit Card Wallet

Royce New York Compact Credit Card Wallet

Saks Fifth Avenue

Why We Love It
  • Thoughtful details like a clear ID window and side zipper pouch set this style apart.

What to Consider
  • The cards and cash are held within a snap closure, rather than a zipper.

Royce has also managed to pack a slew of features into a small package with a wallet that was a strong contender for our top spot. The snap closure opens up onto one side with card slots and another with a clear ID window so you won’t have to take your driver’s license in and out every time you need to present it. These slots provide the backing for a separate billfold for your cash, and there’s even a zipper pouch on one of the sides for change or other small items you want to keep enclosed. Choose between black, orange, or red, then add a free monogram option so you’ll really never get confused about which wallet is yours.

Price at time of publish: $115

The Details: 4.25 x 3.5 x 0.75 inches | Leather

Best Waterproof

Rains Waterproof Zip Wallet

Rains Waterproof Zip Wallet


Why We Love It
  • The waterproof fabric doesn’t sacrifice style.

What to Consider
  • The central pocket isn’t divided.

If you’re at a high splash or storm risk, keep your wallet’s contents dry with this waterproof wallet from Rains. It has three external card slots on one side, an external receipt slot on the other, and a central zip pocket, crafted out of Rains’ waterproof fabric. It’s designed to be both smooth and durable, and comes with a two-year warranty if anything goes awry. It also comes in four neutral shades (black, dark green, wood, and sand) to match your favorite leather accessory (or other Rains bag).

Price at time of publish: $40

The Details: 3 x 4.6 x 0.2 inches | 100 percent polyester with polyurethane coating

Best Nylon

Carhartt Women's Nylon Duck Zippered Card Keeper

Carhartt Women's Nylon Duck Zippered Card Keeper


Why We Love It
  • This petite wallet is packed with features, including an attached D-ring and tap-to-pay cutout.

What to Consider
  •  The fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch, so the card slots are a tight fit.

Leather isn’t the only wallet option. If you prefer fabric, go for this nylon wallet from Carhartt that packs in the features. There are two card slots on one face and three on the other, the lowest of which features a tap-to-pay cutout so you don’t even have to pull out your card at the register. There’s also a middle zipper pocket, though it’s on the slimmer side. The 500-denier nylon is treated with Carhartt’s Rain Defender DWR process, so water will bead up and roll off, protecting your wallet’s contents from rain or any in-bag liquid leaks, and the interior is water-resistant as well. The handy D-ring on the side can be used to hook on your keys or attach the wallet to an existing bag clip.

Price at time of publish: $30

The Details: 4.33 x 3.35 inches | Cordura nylon

Best Card Case

Royce RFID-Blocking Minimalist Card Wallet

RFID-Blocking Minimalist Card Wallet


Why We Love It
  • Royce includes six card slots, RFID-blocking technology, and even a monogram option.

What to Consider
  • The leather may be a bit stiff at first, limiting its capacity until it softens up.

If you prefer to pay with plastic, go for Royce’s card wallet. It’s got six slots (three on each side) to hold your card collection, plus a center pocket to stash any additional cards or stray items. All of those cards will be tucked away safely thanks to RFID-blocking technology, so you’ll also be minimizing your risk of credit card number theft. You also get five colors to choose from — black, navy blue, tan, bright red, and orange — so you can keep it neutral or opt for a bright finish to make your wallet easier to spot in your bag. Royce even offers a free monogram on all its leather products to make it extra special.

Price at time of publish: $85

The Details: 4 x 3.06 x 0.18 inches | Nappa leather

Best for Coins

A.P.C. Demi-Lune Mini Compact Wallet

Demi-Lune Mini Compact Wallet


Why We Love It
  • A large coin pocket has its own lining to keep coins in place even when fully unzipped — plus the wallet has unintrusive internal stash pockets.

What to Consider
  • The color will change over time.

The unique shape of this wallet makes it ideal for travels where you expect to be carrying a lot of coins (think Pounds and Euros), with a generous main compartment ready to jingle. There are two slots for cards on the outside, and the spacious inside has a slip pocket on either wall so you can stash a couple extra cards or cash off to the side and reserve the main cavity for loose change. It closes with a large gold-tone zipper for a stylish metallic accent, and the central pouch has its own independent walls so no coins will fall out when it’s fully unzipped. 

The vegetable-tanned cowhide leather will naturally patina over time and comes in black, nut brown, or Vino in the “men’s” model, and cappuccino or light green in the “women’s” model. (The men’s and women’s versions appear to be essentially the same wallet other than the color variation.) 

If you’re willing to go a little bit longer on your wallet width (5.5 inches), we also love Comme des Garcons’ two-compartment wallet, with two separate zipper pockets for even better storage separation.

Price at time of publish: $255

The Details: 3.93 x 3.34 x 0.78 inches | Cowhide leather

Best RFID-blocking

Carl Friedrik x Secrid The Cardprotector

Carl Friedrik x Secrid The Cardprotector

Carl Friedrik

Why We Love It
  • The smooth leather of this case disguises an aluminum card holder.

What to Consider
  • There isn’t really any space for cash.

If you’re looking to keep your cards as secure as possible, the Cardprotector lives up to its name. Carl Friedrik partnered with Secrid to design an RFID-protecting aluminum case inside the smooth leather of this wallet. The aluminum case is accessed via a lever mechanism to keep your cards extra-safe and can hold up to six cards. There’s also space for two additional cards and a key fob on the external side pocket, but the main space of the wallet is taken up by the card holder, so this isn’t for you if you like to also carry cash. Choose between black, cognac, or chocolate leather, all with a durable stitching style that’s also used on car steering wheels.

Price at time of publish: $145

The Details: 4 x 2.52 x 0.47 inches | Leather and aluminum

Best Bifold

Bellroy Slim Wallet

Bellroy Sleeve Wallet


Why We Love It
  • This comes in 10 different color options and has plenty of slots for all of your cards.

What to Consider
  • There isn’t really any coin storage.

If you prefer a bifold build but want to avoid bulk, Bellroy’s Slim Sleeve is the best choice for you. It can hold anywhere from five to 11 cards, with two quick-access slots and a pull-tab sleeve for up to six more. The pull-tab insert sits on the right side of the fold, while the left side has a spot for three more cards or to fold in your cash (whether you prefer to fold your cash two or three times, rest assured it will fit either way). What really pushed this wallet ahead of the competition was its 10 color options; you can choose from nine leather styles in blacks, browns, and blues, or a plant-based black leather alternative. The leather is even tanned under Leather Working Group environmental protocols, and Bellroy backs all of them with a three-year warranty.

Price at time of publish: $79 for leather

The Details: 3.74 x 3.15 inches | Leather (or plant-based Mirum)

Best Trifold

Loewe Anagram Trifold Leather Wallet

Loewe Anagram Trifold Leather Wallet

Bergdorf Goodman

Why We Love It
  • This wallet has a spot for everything and a color for everyone.

What to Consider
  • It’s on the expensive end of the wallet spectrum.

Our editors love this bright, multi-faceted wallet from Spanish leather brand Loewe. Open up the snap closure for a three-panel design that includes six card slots, two slip pockets, one zip pocket, and a full-length bill compartment, so you’re sure to find a space for everything. It still folds up to just around 3 by 4 inches though, closed with a stylish accent buckle. Color availability varies across retailers, but there are a total of 15 colors available on the brand’s website, from light neutrals to emerald green, so you can coordinate with any accessory color palette.

Price at time of publish: $690

The Details: 3.1 x 4.1 x 1.5 inches | Textured calf leather

Best With Keychain

Coach Mini Skinny ID Case

Coach Mini Skinny ID Case


Why We Love It
  • The keyring can swing free or be stashed away, and you still get credit card slots and a window for your ID.

What to Consider
  •  It will get a little bulky if you overstuff the center pocket.

Adding your keys to the mix? Opt for the Coach Mini Skinny ID case. It’s got plenty of organizational features, with two credit card slots on one side and a clear ID window on the other so you won’t have to dig around for your license at the security checkpoint. The interior zipper pocket can hold folded bills and coins, and also tucks away a split key ring on a short chain so you can have your keys hanging off the side or stashed away inside the zipper. There are eight colors available in the crossgrain leather build, with rainbow shades of red, pink, yellow, light blue, orange, and light green in addition to classic black or taupe, or opt for the Signature Canvas style if you prefer a more logo-heavy design.

Price at time of publish: $75

The Details: 4.25 x 3 x 0.5 inches | Crossgrain leather

Best Wristlet

Proenza Schouler Card Holder

Card Holder

Proenza Schouler

Why We Love It
  • The bright colors and leather strap make this an excellent addition to any outfit.

What to Consider
  • There are no divisions (just one main pocket) and the leather can be damaged by overexposure to sunlight or moisture.

If you like your wallet to double as a visible accessory, the bright Proenza Schouler card holder may be the best option for you. Dangling from a 14.76-inch knotted strap, the petite leather wallet comes in three colors — poppy, baby blue, or scarlet — to enhance any outfit. The envelope front flap, which closes with a gold-tone snap button, and gold-tone stamped logo on the front add to its charm. There are no internal pocket divisions, just a single main cavity, so you can organize it (or not) as you see fit, but note that the leather is sensitive to exposure to sunlight or moisture.

Price at time of publish: $195

The Details: 4.13 x 3.14 x 0.2 inches | Calf leather

Best Crossbody

Bottega Veneta Black Strap Card Holder

Bottega Veneta Black Strap Card Holder


Why We Love It
  • Soft woven leather and a sleek strap set this crossbody wallet apart.

What to Consider
  • There are no zippers on the fold-over closure, so make sure you don’t store anything that might fall out.

Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato weave, a diagonal checkerboard style, is the star of this crossbody wallet. A press closure holds the folded-over design shut, or opens to reveal one card slot and two patch pockets for storing your essentials. The self-tie shoulder strap is detachable if you decide you want to throw the wallet in your bag after all, and adjustable so you can make sure it hits at just the right spot. While we believe black goes with everything, if you want to add a little more color, you can also find the style in lime green, light blue, and light pink.

Price at time of publish: $635

The Details: 4.25 x 3 inches | Lambskin and calfskin

Best Zip Closure

Leatherology Small Zippered Wallet

 Small Zippered Wallet


Why We Love It
  • Bills, cards, and coins all have a spot within this wallet’s secure zipper.

What to Consider
  •  It’s on the thicker side.

If you don’t want to worry about anything sneaking out of your wallet, a full-zip closure might be your best option. This feature-filled style from Leatherology has a bill compartment, snap coin pouch, and four credit card slots all tucked inside of its nickel zipper. If you want extra security, you can upgrade to the RFID-blocking style, which only comes in black. Otherwise, you get eight different colors to choose from, with the classic range of darker leather shades enhanced by brighter options like lilac, emerald, and azure. You can also add a debossed or hand-painted monogram for an additional fee if you want to get extra customized. Just spot-clean the leather with a damp cloth if it needs a little extra TLC.

Price at time of publish: $95

The Details: 4.25 x 4.25 x 0.75 inches | Leather

Best Budget

Slimfold Micro Tyvek

Slimfold Micro Tyvek


Why We Love It
  • This wallet may be super-light, but it still boasts RFID blocking technology and a waterproof build.

What to Consider
  •  It doesn’t have a space for coins.

If you want not only a small wallet, but one of the thinnest ones out there, go for Slimfold’s Micro Tyvek wallet. Despite its 2-millimeter thickness, it still holds an impressive eight to 12 cards and has enough space for a full billfold. Even though it feels like paper, it’s actually waterproof; Tyvek is a material made of tiny plastic strands in overlapping patterns, so it’s extremely thin while still being nearly impossible to tear. There are even seven different color options available, including gray, bright orange, and geometric patterns. Plus, while it weighs just 0.1 ounce, it still has RFID-blocking technology.

Price at time of publish: $30

The Details: 4 x 2.88 inches | Tyvek

Best Monogrammable

Mark & Graham Leather Accordion Card Case

Leather Accordion Card Case

Mark & Graham

Why We Love It
  • An accordion-style build provides three compartments with plenty of space.

What to Consider
  • Since this doesn’t close all the way around, it’s not good for coins.

Mark & Graham is one of the most popular personalizable brands out there, and this accordion-style wallet helps demonstrate why. A single-snap magnetic closure holds shut a three-compartment wallet. The three equal-sized expandable compartments can hold cards or cash (though your coins may fall out, since it will be slightly open across the top). Choose from black, caramel, yellow, or red, then add your monogram for $12,50 more.

Price at time of publish: $59

The Details: 4.5 x 2.75 x 0.5 inches | Leather with suede lining

Best Eco-friendly

Elvis & Kresse Fire & Hide Compact Wallet

Fire & Hide Compact Wallet

Elvis & Kresse

Why We Love It
  • The brand puts a stylish spin on a variety of reclaimed materials.

What to Consider
  •  There isn’t much space for coins.

Sometimes the best way to be eco-friendly is to use materials that you’ve already got. Elvis & Kresse takes rescued leather offcuts from partner companies like Burberry and stitches them together into larger, reusable pieces, then combines that leather with decommissioned London fire hose to create these sustainable wallets. The lining, meanwhile, is made of decommissioned military-grade parachute silk, so all of these components add up to a wallet that will be both stylish and durable. It’s got four credit card slots, as well as two business card pockets and a bill pocket. You can also add laser etching on the inside corner of the wallet for any notes to yourself or a lucky recipient. 

Want to go even smaller? The Fire and Hide line also includes a card holder that can hold up to six cards.

Price at time of publish: $109

The Details: 4.53 x 3.15 x 0.6 inches | Rescued leather, reclaimed fire hose, reclaimed parachute silk

Best Vegan

Dagne Dover Card Case



Why We Love It
  • It’s vegan but it doesn’t sacrifice quality.

What to Consider
  •  It won’t hold many coins or bills.

Dagne Dover is known for its popular neoprene duffels, but its smaller items are equally as well-made. Inside the card case’s envelope-style snap closure, you’ll find one external card slot and two internal card slots for either cards or cash (or even a coin or two), though you’ll want to avoid overstuffing it. The wallet is made from 55 percent Repreve recycled polyester, which is derived from recycled bottles, as well as coated canvas and vegan leather — so it’s completely free of any animal products. It also has a small external D-ring to make an easy attachment point, whether you’re clipping on your keys or attaching the wallet to your bag, and it comes in three neutral hues.

Price at time of publish: $40

The Details: 4.5 x 2.75 inches | Recycled polyester, vegan leather, coated canvas

Tips for Buying Small Wallets

Pick the best materials for your needs

Your wallet is likely one of your most-handled items — after all, it comes in and out of your bag or pocket and is opened and closed multiple times a day. It also holds some pretty important contents so the last thing you want is it falling apart on you. That said, look for durable, high-quality materials like nylon or leather. Real leather especially will develop an attractive patina with age and use, giving it a lived-in look. If you’re frequently out boating or just regularly caught in the rain, look for weather protection to keep your small wallet in top shape and avoid soggy bills.

Consider how much space you need

How many cards do you have in your wallet? (And, be honest, could you take some of those out?) Make sure you have enough slots and pockets for your everyday essentials. If you’re on the road and traveling somewhere with a lot of coins, like within the Europe, prioritize features like a separate pouch or closed coin section. Shoppers who prefer to carry cash, meanwhile, should look for a bifold or trifold. You may also want to attach a key to your wallet, though be careful if you’re carrying anything with that key’s associated address, since this could allow someone access into your home if you lose the wallet.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What should I look for in a small wallet?

    The key word here is “small.” You want your wallet to be 5 inches or fewer on all sides. But smaller size doesn’t mean you have to give up features; the best small wallets should have at least two card slots and enough space to stow some cash. Ideally, they’ll also have somewhere to stash your coins, though not all of them do.

  • When is a small wallet useful?

    All the time! Using a smaller wallet will lessen the load in your pockets or bag by making you only carry what you really need. Small wallets are especially useful while you’re traveling since they prevent you from carrying too much, therefore having less to worry about losing.

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For this story, Rena Behar relied on her online shopping expertise acquired from nearly 10 years of professional gear research and reviews, as well as personal travel experience and lifetime allegiance to the small wallet lifestyle.

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