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Shoulder Wallet Review

A shoulder wallet is not your typical style of wallet in any regard. Rather than being a small bundle of your cash and cards that neatly folds up to be placed in a pocket, a shoulder wallet is more like a small bag.

Napa Leather Black Shoulder Holster Travel Wallet

This shoulder wallet has a specially designed seperate pocket for a mobile phone. More info here.

Designed for both men and women, a shoulder wallet is worn strapped over one shoulder with the “wallet” portion resting under the arm against the wearer’s body. The pockets and various slots that any given shoulder wallet may have are then accessible via outward-facing pockets and flaps.

The Benefits of a Shoulder Wallet

Obviously, shoulder wallets vary from a typical wallet in both form and function. Thanks to the positioning of the bag itself on a shoulder wallet, the most direct benefit of using a shoulder wallet is an added sense of security. This can be especially useful for those who travel to unfamiliar cities often and worry about pickpockets. Rather than leaving your wallet relatively exposed and accessible to others in a pants pocket, a shoulder wallet is actually strapped to your body, making it very difficult for a thief to make off with your belongings.

Another benefit to shoulder wallets comes from their increased size compared to conventional wallets. Most have room not only for money and cards, but there is also room for cell phones and other small things you may want to keep easily at hand.

Finally, a shoulder wallet can be more comfortable for some people, as it doesn’t get in the way while sitting down. However, that particular point comes down mostly to taste.

The Restrictions of a Shoulder Wallet

Yet, there are downsides to using a shoulder wallet as well. Of course there is the taste element that comes in, as some people may find shoulder wallets uncomfortable or unattractive under their arm. Further, putting on a shoulder wallet is a bit more of a task than simply slipping your wallet into your pocket. This can vary from a barely noticeable extra step to a particularly annoying process if you buy a shoulder wallet with an unfriendly strap.

Black Leather Holster Style Travel Wallet

This Shoulder Wallet has inbuilt card slots and bill compartments. More images here.

Shopping for Shoulder Wallets

If you decide to make the jump to shoulder wallets, there are a couple things to keep an eye out for. First, you should always seek out a shoulder wallet that fits your personal taste and style. Shoulder wallets are available in the same range of materials and designs that is offered for conventional wallets, so you should be able to find something that you like no matter if you are a leather kind of person or you prefer nylon or anything else.

You will also want to be sure to try on a shoulder wallet before buying it. Make sure that it feels right, that the strap is comfortable and fits you, and that doesn’t weigh too much when full. That leads to a final aspect that should always be checked when buying a shoulder wallet: make sure that there is sufficient room for everything you want to carry along with you. It would defeat the purpose of a shoulder wallet to get home and realize that your cell phone is too big to fit. With these tips in mind, you should be able to find a shoulder wallet that works for you.

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One Response to Shoulder Wallet Review

  1. Chris August 11, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    I don’t feel like using this kind of shoulder wallet. I think it’s more of a men’s style.

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