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The Top 6 Front Pocket Wallets for EDC

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Do you ever notice your lower back and legs hurting after a long day of sitting on your wallet? Maybe you’ve even had your wallet slip out of your back pocket, or worse — had it lifted off you. If your daily billfold has become too bulky with cards and receipts to manage, it might be time to rethink your wallet situation. With a good EDC wallet, you won’t have to worry about those problems again.

The ideal wallet is…

  • Slim enough to ride in your front pocket, where it’s more secure (and much less likely to hurt your back).
  • Efficient by design, doing away with extraneous slots so you’re reminded to carry only the essentials.
  • Durable in construction and materials for a better-built and longer-lasting product than your generic department store fare.

Below are our favorite minimalist, front pocket wallet recommendations. These classics have made appearances in many carries seen over the years on this site, and are solid starts to beating the back-pocket bulge.

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Saddleback Leather Front Pocket ID Wallet

Saddleback Leather needs no introduction in EDC circles as the build quality — and 100-year warranty — of their products speaks for itself. This minimalist offering is crafted from the same high-quality, full-grain boot leather as their other offerings, but with a much smaller footprint. The wallet has three slots for cards or folded cash including an ID slot, and are able to fit a total of 12 cards once broken in.

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Big Skinny Compact Sports Bi-Fold Wallet

Big Skinny is a company whose sole focus is minimizing your wallet. This Sports model takes the classic bifold design and strips it of thickness, but still manages to house six rubber-lined pockets including a clear ID window. Made of thin and light nylon microfiber, the Big Skinny Sports wallet is water-resistant and durable enough for outdoor activities.

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Victorinox Grenoble Vertical Wallet

Not just known for the quality of their pocket tools, Victorinox carries over their manufacturing excellence to their travel gear. The 100% pebbled leather Grenoble is a vertical bifold that features six card slots, four storage pockets, and a mesh ID window. It takes little room at 3.75″ x 5″, and is a classy option for carrying a few more essentials.

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Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet

Speaking of classy, one brand that always comes up in more formal EDC wallet recommendations is Bellroy. Their wallets have smart designs, use quality materials, and look the part for gentlemanly EDCs. Their Slim Sleeve gives easy access to your two main cards in its main compartment, with infrequent cards retrieved via a leather pull-tab. Most currencies also fit its bill pocket with a single fold. Look no further for a classy minimalist option.

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Gerber GDC Money Clip

For something both a little bit more discreet yet a lot more usable, the Gerber GDC Money Clip is a handy option. At first glance, it’s a simple money clip that holds up to five cards along with folded bills. Upon closer inspection, however, the GDC actually secretly stows a 1.75″ stainless steel blade; large enough for a decent grip. If you need a bit more cutting power but don’t want to carry a full-sized knife, this money clip makes the cut.

army knife with a money clip

Victorinox Money Clip

Sometimes the best way to reduce a footprint is to take the shoe off altogether. Combining the utility of a Swiss Army Knife with a money clip, Victorinox gives you the option to consolidate a few pieces of your carry without losing functionality. The SAK comes in the handle material of your choice and with useful EDC tools in a knife, scissors, and file.

Are you still packing a leather brick in your back pocket, or have you moved on to a front carry? Tell us about your wallet in the comments below!

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9 comments

  1. Recycled Firefighter Sergeant is a great front pocket wallet. I love mine.

  2. For a front pocket wallet, I wouldn’t want to go any bigger than than a card sized wallet. You’d have to fight the corners of the bigger wallets to get it into fitted raw denim jean front pockets. I would guess the saddleback option is really the best front pocket option you have listed.

    I would put up my Port Wallet as a good contender for front pocket minimal wallets. Cheers!

  3. The makr carry “flap slim wallet” fits this profile as well. Awesome quality that seems to age beautifully.

    • Yakov

      I love the leather MAKR uses. My current wallet is their Slim Zip Wallet. It’s not as thin as these, but it’s just well designed and beautifully crafted.

  4. I carry the little marvel called “The Ridge Wallet”, and I can highly recommend it. All my ID and credit cards fit perfectly (10 cards alltogether), and we can choose between a money clip or money strap for the cash holder.
    It’s also possible to choose Aluminum, Titanium or Carbon Fiber for the case-material, also shipping was free to the EU. Big thanks for this website, because I discovered it in one of the earlier EDC posts.

  5. Have literally spent years looking for that elusive ‘perfect’ wallet. 2 of my favourites appear in this top 6 list – Saddleback and Belroy. Great list!

  6. I’ve been carrying a Coach slim wallet/money clip for years now. I love the thing. It’s got two card slots, a slot for receipts and a money clip. My back used to hurt all the time. After I realized it was because of the “ham sandwich” I always carried in my back pocket I ditched it for his thinner bro. It’s worth the switch!

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