You might be thinking “What’s the big deal? It’s just a wallet, it carries cards, coins and notes…”. Well, let me tell you: you’re not wrong. Seriously, you’re right, it’s just a wallet. But this particular one, by the German company called Sonnenleder, is one of the finest leather wallets I have ever come across.
You might call it old-fashioned or picky, but I actually have some demands when it gets to choosing a wallet. It has to:
- Be thin
If I’m going to carry it around the whole day, I don’t want a brick in my pocket, because it’s both uncomfortable and very awkward looking. As you can see, this one is quite thin. I can’t really feel it. Also, there were times that I genuinely freaked out because I thought I forgot it somewhere when it was just being a sneaky little wallet and it was just sitting inside my pocket minding its own business.
- Hold coins
This would probably be useless in America, but living in Europe, coins are just part of our lives. They are extremely useful to get a supermarket cart or to put them in a snacks machine. Also, the lowest note we have is €5 and a lot of the normal daily things like a cup of coffee or bread are only €1 or €2, so, we definitely have to carry coins. I’m not a big fan of needing a separate wallet just for coins or to have them in my pocket and sound like a cat with a bell when walking.
The only disadvantage I can think of is it gets a little bulkier if there are too many coins. But there really isn’t a way to avoid that, is there?
- Hold (a relatively large amount of) cards.
ID, driving’s license, debit card, university card, business cards, you name it.
This wallet has 3 slots for cards, plus 2 on each side that can hold easily 10 cards in total.
- Be durable
Even though they’re thin, some wallets are way too flimsy and look like they’re made of paper and they’ll melt if I take them out when it’s raining, for example (I can’t actually think of a reason why I would take my wallet out in the rain… I apologise for that, and will leave that to your imagination!). I want to feel confident that my money and my cards are protected. The “Spree” has a beautiful stitching and an extra leather layer on the sides.
- Be made of leather
Ok, to be honest, this last bullet point is not a requirement. But it is definitely nice to have a real leather wallet. Since day one until now, the Sonnenleder leather not only smells wonderful but also has a soft feeling, that will improve even more with time.
One of the things that attracted me the most was its light tanned colour. With usage, as you can see in the pictures, the leather gets darker. All those darker marks are normal and at the beginning, I thought it was dirt and tried to clean it with a damp cloth, but the humidity only made it even and permanently darker. I was annoyed at first because I really liked the lighter colour better, but now I enjoy this one just as much, so can’t really say it’s a con.
Additionally, this has 2 compartments for notes (in case you’re wondering, in the picture above, the cards do fit inside, I just kept them out to show those 2 card slots).
Overall, I’m really happy with this wallet. It is true that it isn’t the cheapest one on the planet, but the real leather, the beautiful stitching and the attention to detail definitely make up for the price.
What do you think of this? Let me know in the comments!