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How long do you expect your leather wallet to last you?

post #1 of 24
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The obvious answer, of course, is "as long as possible" and I would assume most would expect the life of the wallet to be proportional to the purchase price paid, and the amount of stuff someone shoves into the wallet, however, what is the amount of time you would say is a reasonable life expectancy for a machine sewn leather wallet purchased from a brand or department store?  

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Originally Posted by tombarrington View Post

The obvious answer, of course, is "as long as possible" and I would assume most would expect the life of the wallet to be proportional to the purchase price paid, and the amount of stuff someone shoves into the wallet, however, what is the amount of time you would say is a reasonable life expectancy for a machine sewn leather wallet purchased from a brand or department store?  

10-15 years easy. Really as long as you want it or see another one that you like.

My current Tod's wallet I much have had for appr that amount of time. It looks brand new. The only thing I have inside are bank and CC, health insurance card, biz cards, Metro card(for the NYC subway), license, a couple of pictures. I have a money clip for cash. I don;t have hundreds of receipts and other shit inside.

I never carry it in my back pocket. It is in the inside pocket of my suit or outerwear jacket. If I am going somewhere casual, I take out my license/bank card/credit card and add that to my money clip. Wallet stays home.
post #3 of 24
Get the Saddleback wallet and expect 100 years out of it.
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Back pocket kills wallets.  Your butt sweat goes through the pocket and attacks the leather.

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Get the Saddleback wallet and expect 100 years out of it.

Agree completely. I have the now discontinued Saddleback checkbook wallet (I could sell it on eBay for double what I paid for it). I use for both jackets and in my hip pocket on the weekends. It has developed a great patina and looks better now than when new two years ago.
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Originally Posted by tombarrington View Post

The obvious answer, of course, is "as long as possible" and I would assume most would expect the life of the wallet to be proportional to the purchase price paid, and the amount of stuff someone shoves into the wallet, however, what is the amount of time you would say is a reasonable life expectancy for a machine sewn leather wallet purchased from a brand or department store?  

Isn't it wear shoes and briefcases as long as possible, while you're supposed to replace wallets and belts at the first sign of noticeable wear (hence, why ppl give out wallets and belts as common gifts for X-mas, graduation gifts, etc.)? Coincidentally, I buy cheap wallets & belts, so I don't have too much attachment to them once they need to be replaced (softer leather will show wear sooner).
post #7 of 24

Truthfully, I never buy expensive wallets; mine isn't particularly high-end and it has lasted 8 years so far with very little wear. Expect at least 10 years or so.

 

Same for belts, although I never buy anything less than a solid piece of leather that will last. (no bonded junk)

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Isn't it wear shoes and briefcases as long as possible, while you're supposed to replace wallets and belts at the first sign of noticeable wear (hence, why ppl give out wallets and belts as common gifts for X-mas, graduation gifts, etc.)? Coincidentally, I buy cheap wallets & belts, so I don't have too much attachment to them once they need to be replaced (softer leather will show wear sooner).

No.
You can get a solid walled for well under $100 and it can last 15 years.
One just need to take all that shit out of it and carry the basics.
post #9 of 24
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No.
You can get a solid walled for well under $100 and it can last 15 years.
One just need to take all that shit out of it and carry the basics.

 

To clarify my last post, under $100 was what I meant by 'not expensive.'

post #10 of 24
I have a great wallet that and ex-GF got for me for Xmas back in appr 2000. It's brand new. Very nice. I have never used it as I have my current wallet going strong. A good wallet can last a lifetime.
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I dont know if I have ever "worn out" a wallet. I usually get a new one when I see one I like. Have been using my current one from a discount chain for about 3 years now, dont plan on buying a new one for a while. The only reason I bought my current one was because I wanted a front pocket wallet and it still looks new.

post #12 of 24

Depends massively on the material/ finish and which pocket its used in.

 

I have 3 jacket wallets and I'd be surprised if I dont get a few decades out of them each (at least)

 

I have trouser pocket wallets and assuming just plain flat good leather then its probably about 2-3 years of constant use. I was given a pretty textured leather (embossed) and pattern was lost in the middle section after about 6 months of use.

 

As others have said, which pocket and what sort of trousers they're in will massively impact its life.

post #13 of 24
My wife gave me a Prada wallet in 2005. Later that summer we went riding in dune buggies through water and it got drenched. As it dried, it conformed comfortably to the shape of my butt. I just got ride of it in December when she replaced it with a new leather wallet from Bill Amberg.

I'm not keen on heavy leather wallets. I prefer a lighter, thinner style. Previous, quality leather wallets have lasted 3-8 years.

I don't think any wallet has lasted me as long as I expected. It was always a surprise. Some wore out faster than others for no particular reason.
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Back pocket kills wallets.  Your butt sweat goes through the pocket and attacks the leather.


This is a very good point, not only is keeping a wallet in your back pocket not good for the leather, sitting on a wallet in your back pocket can be quite uncomfortable, especially those who carry a "George Costanza" wallet packed to overflowing with enough stuff to fill an office filing cabinet.  I have never been a fan of carrying a wallet in my back pocket.   While many wallets are designed for this, I much prefer to carry a smaller credit card sized wallet in my front jeans pocket or a longer breast pocket wallet in a jacket pocket on more dressy occasions.


Edited by tombarrington - 3/21/15 at 12:28am
post #15 of 24
If it's a hip wallet ... perhaps a year ... maybe a little longer. Breast wallets last for many years.

I don't believe in spending a fortune on a wallet. I buy my hip wallets from Scuola del Cuoio in Florence. They look good and are reasonably priced. I buy my breast wallets from Ettinger. They are a bit costly but I'm going to go easy on them and they last a long time.
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