How To Choose The Best Leather Wallet, Tips From A Leather Worker

How To Choose The Best Leather Wallet, Tips From A Leather Worker

Are you looking for a quality leather Wallet? then let me help with what to look out for.

In this post, I will share some insider tips from a leather workers perspective, so you know how to choose a quality leather wallet.




By the end, I hope you have a better understanding of how to choose the best leather wallet.

So, you have decided to buy a new wallet. Specifically , a Leather wallet !

This could be a men's wallet, woman's wallet, but irrespective, the best wallets for men and women should have the same characteristics. 

And you DO NOT need to spend a ton of money to get this either

A simple leather wallet need only consist of 3 things. 

What to look for in a good leather walet


-Waxed Thread

-Some Glue

Now what goes in to this is time and effort, and the price range can vary. 

But you do not need to spend all that money on a designer, if its strictly a quality wallet you are looking for. 

You want a wallet that has been labored over by someone who loves what they do, and appreciates making making the best wallet every time.

So without further ado, just a few small tips from me.

Best type of leather for a wallet

We won´t go in to too much detail in this one about the types of leather, but I will write another post for you guys with some detailed info on Leather types.

As this is mainly about everyday carry items, you want something durable but also soft to the touch.


Calf Skin leather, which is mostly what I work with, and is particularly well known for its durability, fine grain and softness is a great choice. As is cow leather in general.

Its just a much more durable leather.

Spanish Leather is particularly well know for this type of leather.


The Stitching

 Most of us may not think of this small detail, but it makes a big difference in the overall quality of a leather wallet.

There are many variations of stitching patterns, but this is just about machine vs hand stitching.


A hand stitched wallet will provide a stronger, and much more durable wallet, than a sewing machine using the locking stitch.

With a hand stitched leather wallet, you don´t have to worry about the pieces coming apart.

The Edges

Another small detail, that will let you know the effort and detail put in to making a wallet you are about to spend your hard earned money on.

There are different types of finishes. Some like them unfinished for that raw look, some colored, some plain, but in any of the cases, you want a clean finish.

If you like the raw edge, then you just want to see a clean cut, and you will maybe se some fraying, but this is fine.

If you like the edge finished, that glossy look where you can see the layers of the leather, look for a clean definition of the separation of the leather grains, and it may also have a clear, glossy or matt finish to it.


This ones all about taste.

The thickness of the leather is also something based on taste and need. 


Overall, you want to see good solid stitching, a good quality leather, so you develop a rich patina over time.

Attention to the small things is key. And with a handmade wallet, you can see exactly what you are getting.

If you are a minimalist like me, anything from 3-5 Oz, or 1.2 to 2mm thickness serves me pretty well.

Also check reviews, to you get another persons idea on the quality of the wallets, the construction, type of leather and the overall quality.

I hope this has given you a little more confidence now to go and but yourself a new wallet.

Thanks for reading ! Have a lovely day ahead :)


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